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.

Posted January 28, 2015:
To Love

by Catherine Doherty.

Slowly, we begin to understand that the Catholic faith is not only a matter of attending Mass on Sundays and doing the bare minimum our Church requires, for even these practices of Catholicism are but means to an end.

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Posted January 26, 2015 in Milestones:
Milestones (January 2015)

Assignments: Cathy Mitchell, Toronto; Kate O’Donnell, Regina.

Deaths: Elaine Dalton’s mother, Rita; Peter Gravelle’s father, Bernard.

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Posted January 23, 2015 in Combermere Diary:
Combermere Diary (January 2015)

by Paulette Curran.

Our biggest news this month was the visit of Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, the apostolic nuncio, the pope’s representative to Canada.

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Posted January 21, 2015:
The Vocation of a Grandmother

by Irma Zaleski.

A few years ago, during a visit to the North of England, I went to see Mother Thekla, an Orthodox nun and a spiritual mother to many people. During our conversation, she asked me whether I had ever thought of becoming a nun now that my children were grown up and I lived alone.

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Posted January 19, 2015:
Raising Our Children Catholic (Part 2)

by Ella Connor.

As I said in part 1, we first taught our children that there is a God and that we worship him, talk to him, ask for his help, thank him for everything, and tell him that we are sorry for the naughty things we have done.

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Posted January 16, 2015:
The House of Grace

by the editor.

The House of Grace, a church center and the first halfway house for newly released prisoners in Israel, was founded by Kamil and Agnes Shehade in 1982, when as newlyweds, they took in the first ex-prisoner to live with them.

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Posted January 14, 2015:
You See, This is Providence

by Agnes Shehade.

There are many stories that could be told about the House of Grace, but these are mainly about one thing: how God takes care of a family when, abandoning financial security and putting their trust in him, they give their lives to serve him in the poor.

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Posted January 12, 2015 in The Pope's Corner:
What Happened at the Synod

by Pope Francis.

This excerpt from the pope’s concluding talk to the bishops at the Synod on the Family on October 19th gives a glimpse of the human and divine process of a synod, a very different view than you get from the media.

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Posted January 09, 2015:
The Day Uncle Charles Turned Ten

by Echo Lewis.

In this issue on family, here’s something for the children. You grown-ups will probably enjoy it, too.

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Posted January 07, 2015:
The Vocation of a Father

by Michael O’Brien.

The cost of a happy family is the death of selfishness. The father must die to himself if he is to give life to his spouse and children.

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Posted January 05, 2015 in My Dear Family:
Nazareth: The School of Love

 by Catherine Doherty.

Somewhere in my childhood I was already attracted to Nazareth. I wanted to become a member of the Holy Family, to be a servant girl, someone who would go for the water—for the well was probably far away from where Mary and Joseph lived.

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Posted January 02, 2015 in Word Made Flesh:
Why Wish Anyone a Happy New Year?

by Fr. Pat McNulty.

Haaaappy New Year!

Uhhh, I don’t go for all that silly "Happy New Year" stuff.

Oooooh, a little "Bah Humbug" in there somewhere? I thought we did that one already.

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Posted December 31, 2014 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2014)

In December we sing the Advent songs we know so well in order to prepare our hearts for the feast of Christmas. You too will be singing, and across the miles, we are connected. We thank you for all your donations without which we could not live our Madonna House lives, much less prepare for the feast.

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