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 November 27, 2015 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (November 2015)

Cold November days remind us of our need to persevere during the long winter ahead. May we do so joyfully as in a prayer Catherine wrote, "Lord, I throw my life at your feet, and sing and sing that I bring you such a little thing."

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Posted November 25, 2015 in Milestones:
Milestones (November 2015)

New Applicants: Augustine Tardiff, Mathieu Dacquay, Julie Lynch, Michele Schaeken, Joanne Slugocki.

New Local Directors: Marie-Therese McLaughlin, Roanoke; Cathy Mitchell, Toronto.

Transfers: Fr. Paul Burchat, Edmonton; Fr. Tom Talentino, Arizona; Aliz Trombitas, Russia; Petra Muller, Roanoke; Sara Matthews, England; Sushi Horwitz & Patricia Lawton; Combermere.

New Director of Training: Joanne Dionne.

Death of Associate Priests: Fr. Gilio Dipre, Fr. Robert Fox.

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

by Paulette Curran.

Early autumn is a beautiful time of year in this area, and the past few days have been unseasonably warm—more like August than mid-September. Also sunny. Ahhhhhhh! Weather doesn’t get better than this.

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Posted November 20, 2015 in MH Combermere ON:
Is Anything Here Real?

by Toni Austin.

One day this past summer, a little girl of 4 ½ with curly brown hair and hazel eyes walked into our pioneer museum. She looked all around at the artifacts of bygone days, soaking up everything. Then she asked: "Is anything here real?"

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Posted November 18, 2015:
Keeping Our Priests

by Christopher Zakrzewski.

Many years ago, at the end of an unusually cold winter, we were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden departure from the priesthood of the pastor of the neighboring parish.

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Posted November 16, 2015:
Life is Greater

by Scott Eagan.

The hardest thing,
the thing I didn’t count on
in joining this big, apostolic family:
so many I love would die before me.

With every death
a part of me dies also.
The memories, the loss
are very heavy indeed.

All too often—
yet it is the Lord’s timetable—
we say goodnight to a brother, a sister, a father, a mother.
They fall asleep, trusting in Love’s mercy.

The only thing,
the thing that balances this pain,
nay, surpasses by far the separation,
is the life that was given,

The life we shared, the life we will share.
This Life is greater.

Posted November 13, 2015:
A Pastor’s Story

by Fr. Tom Rowland.

In 1964, I was the contented pastor of a small country parish in West Texas. One day during the early months of that year I read in an article in our diocesan newspaper that a new parish was being created by a religious order in the heart of the biggest city in the diocese.

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Posted November 11, 2015 in Memorials, and in Things New and Old:
The Amateur Who Longed for Perfection

by Fr. David May.

I didn’t know Fr. Tom for the first sixty years of his life. I met him in 1986 when he was sixty years old, when I was sent to pick him up at Logan Airport in Boston when he was returning to join Madonna House.

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Posted November 09, 2015 in Memorials:
He Was a Pastor

by Mary Catherine Rowland, Fr. Tom’s sister and fellow staff worker.

When I am asked about my brother’s priesthood what comes immediately to mind is something that happened when our father was dying and Fr. Tom was a parish priest in the diocese of El Paso, Texas.

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Posted November 06, 2015 in The Pope's Corner:
Can a Traitor Become a Friend?

by Pope Francis.

On a day like any other, as Matthew, the tax collector, was seated at his table, Jesus passed by, saw him, came up to him and said: "Follow me." Matthew got up and followed him.

Jesus looked at him. What power must have been in his eyes to make Matthew get up from his table!

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Posted November 04, 2015:
A Gift I Almost Missed

by Kathy Snider.

At the end of a recent Sunday service, a catechist announced from the podium, "This coming Saturday, the prayer group will be praying in the desert. All are welcome."

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Posted November 02, 2015 in My Dear Family:
Are You Ever Lonely?

by Catherine Doherty.

We all suffer from loneliness, one way or another.

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Posted October 30, 2015 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (October 2015)

October—the season of crisp weather, shortening days, and trees turning endless shades of yellow and red and orange.

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Posted October 29, 2015 in Milestones:
Milestones (October 2015)

50th Anniversary of Promises: Fr. Tom Zoeller, Arlene Becker, Diane Lefebvre

25th Anniversary of Promises: Peter Gravelle, Lisa Coxe, Catherine Lesage, Pat Probst

Assignments: Fr. Murray Kuemper, teaching moral theology at St. Peter’s Seminary; Fr. Michael Weitl, studying at the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christianity, Lisa Diniz, Joanne Dionne, Dina Lingard, & Karen Maskiew, Combermere

New Local Director: Maria Cristina Coutinho, Belgium.

New Associate Priest: Fr. Michael Winn

Deaths: Peter Anzlin’s mother, Veronika; Margarita Guerrero’s father, Luis


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