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 February 05, 2016 in MH Windsor ON:
I Didn’t Have Time to Pray

by Sandra Wood.

To live the Gospel is the goal of our Madonna House vocation, but it’s taken me a lifetime to really know what is involved. I’m seventy-eight years old and hopefully by the end of my life I will have discovered something.

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Posted February 03, 2016 in MH Krasnoyarsk, Russia:
Notes From Near and Far: MH Russia

by Aliz Trombitas.

Greetings from Siberia, where I was recently assigned. One of the first sentences I learned in Russian is one that means, "I am cold." Then in a few days I had to learn a new one because the first one wasn’t strong enough for the steady -25° C (-13° F) temperatures we were experiencing—in mid-October!

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Posted February 01, 2016 in Things New and Old:
Stay-at-Home Evangelist?

by Fr. David May.

Lately, I took to the roads. It meant missing writing this column once or twice, and a pile of work to do upon return. Was it restlessness? No. Was I tired of the woods and the water and the ways of Combermere? Not really.

By natural leaning, I am a stay-at-home evangelist, not the street-corner variety. But once in a while I travel out.

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Posted January 29, 2016 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (January 2016)

On January 1st, when many people make New Year resolutions, the Church celebrates the feast of the Mother of God. She teaches us to make the resolution to live each moment of 2016, in this year of Mercy, for her Son.

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Posted January 27, 2016:
When I Was a Child

by Catherine Doherty.

My mother often served the poor as a nurse and midwife. As soon as I was old enough, she involved me in her works of mercy. I would carry medicine and supplies, and we would walk ten or twenty miles.

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Posted January 25, 2016:
The Alms of Words

by Catherine Doherty.

Are we convinced that we are our "brother’s keeper"? Do we understand how far this "keeping" goes? Business associates, friends, fellow workers, strangers who cross our paths now and then, our whole work-a-day world—all are our brothers and sisters, whom we must cherish in the Lord.

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Posted January 22, 2016:
Is This a Way of Praying?

by Cristina Coutinho.

Big city with its noise, cars, and people. I like to walk the streets and look around. Is this a way of praying?

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Posted January 21, 2016 in Milestones:
Milestones (January 2016)

New Director General of Lay Men: Larry Klein.

Transfers: Jean Doucet & Trina Stitak, Roanoke; Meaghan Boyd, St. Joseph’s House.

Posted January 20, 2016 in Combermere Diary:
Combermere Diary (January 2016)

by Paulette Curran.

November is a relatively uneventful time here—a short lull between the busy times of harvest and Advent. Even the colors are subdued. The brilliant autumn leaves have fallen, and browns, grays, and dark greens fill the landscape.

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Posted January 18, 2016 in MH Edmonton AB:
Meeting Christ in the Poor

by Janet Bourdet.

One freezing cold day in winter, a man I had never seen before came into our soup kitchen and ate lunch. He was in a big coat, his beard was frozen, and he looked like he was in really rough shape.

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Posted January 15, 2016 in MH Ottawa ON:
The Poorest Man I Ever Knew

by Shatzi Duffy.

Malachy Brian Scott, whom we buried last summer, was the poorest man I have ever known, but he was rich in faith. When Madonna House Ottawa met him forty years ago on Parent Street, we were the strangers and he welcomed us with food and other gifts.

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Posted January 13, 2016 in Word Made Flesh:
Should the Church Change?

by Fr. Denis Lemieux.

So, should we give Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics? What about same-sex married couples? Is marriage really indissoluble?

Maybe we should just give annulments more easily, or why bother with that formality at all? Doesn’t the Church need to get with the times. I mean, yeah, Jesus is pretty clear in the Gospels about all this stuff, but it’s just too hard, obviously, and we should be merciful to people who can’t do it, right? Let’s change everything!

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Posted January 11, 2016 in MH Edmonton AB, and in MH Regina SK:
Encountering the Poor

by Chuck Sharp.

I spent the first half of applicancy, my six-months’ time of formation in preparation for joining Madonna House, at Marian Centre Edmonton. That house was desperate for help at the time, so I got sent out to fill in.

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Posted January 08, 2016:
Antoine and I

by Rosie Seeto, a friend of MH Toronto.

O God, you are the God of love who is not loved. You are the God of the poor I did not reach out to because of my own selfish heart. Yet your heart is open to me.

You came to me in poor Antoine, the homeless wanderer, who never looked very good and was never very sober, who slurred his words and repeated himself often. But he was always very gentle and humble when he asked, "Can I talk to you for a few minutes?"

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