Written by Madonna House staff, Restoration is an essential part of our witness to the Gospel. Here we share our personal stories and reflections on the Gospel challenges of today, along with writings from Catherine Doherty and the Catholic Church.
by Fr. David May.
Mamie Legris finally found him whom her heart loves.
Perhaps her story is not unlike that of Mary Magdalene who meets the risen Lord at the tomb. Nothing else and no one else was quite enough for her: not an empty tomb with neatly folded garments, not two angels or a sympathetic "gardener" asking why all the tears.
by Catherine Doherty.
The following is a very early letter to the members of Madonna House, the letter Fr. Pat McNulty talks about in his previous article.
by Fr. Pat McNulty.
There is one question I would like to ask Mamie: What drove you? What kept you focussed all those years, especially these last ten years or so when you lived in total, complete spiritual darkness? And I mean total. There was nothing.
She would come into the chapel and walk back and forth before the tabernacle like Anna in the temple. I’d often meet her there and she’d say to me, "Fr. Pat, I feel nothing. Is it real?"
“I’ve said this prayer probably every day since I was in high school. It means more to me now than just words. There’s a depth to it that I’d better pay attention to as I get on the edge of eternity.” —From an interview for a video about MH
by Susanne Stubbs and Helen Hodson.
Mary Bridget Theresa Legris (March 31, 1916 – March 27, 2015) was known to us only as Mamie. It is safe to say that she held a unique place of honor in our Madonna House family.
At her death, Mamie, along with Marité Langlois, has lived the Madonna House vocation longer than any member—so far! And she was the first director general of women after Catherine Doherty, the foundress.
by Pope John Paul II.
Let work never be to the detriment of human beings. By now it is recognized on all sides that technical progress is not accompanied by adequate respect for humanity.
by Theresa Davis.
When I went to Madonna House, I knew the Gospel but I didn’t really know how to apply it in my daily life. The first time I heard Catherine Doherty speak was an electric moment. It was at spiritual reading, and she said:
"God loves you passionately. There is no amount of evil you can do to make him stop loving you. If a man says he loves you, and that his life will not be complete without you, how would you respond to that kind of love? You certainly would not spit in his face.
Streams, like the one near St. Mary’s which was frozen during winter and now gushes under a tiny bridge, bring the sound of spring. We thank God for the warmer season, and we thank you, our friends, for your help as we move into late spring and summer work.