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 Karen Maskiew.
In our houses, like in yours, Christmas doesn’t always turn out as planned.
On Christmas Eve, Catherine Lesage (called "Katia" in Russia) woke up sick with a bad cold, so we were wondering if we should cancel the collation we had planned for after the Vigil Mass.
by Kathy McVady.
As I was dropping off one of the many plates of Christmas cookies we deliver to friends, benefactors, and the sick and elderly, someone asked me, "Did you hear about the miracle at our Walmart?" I listened as she told the story.
by Alma Coffman.
In December, it got down to as low as -30 C (-22 F), and we had an accumulation of almost three feet of snow. Carol Ann Gieske and Martha Reilander tried to make a skating rink on the marsh ice, but the snow cover won. Yes, it has been a real winter so far.
by Fr. Pat McNulty.
Where does that "humbug" thing come from, Reverend?
You mean you really don’t know where "Bah! Humbug!" comes from? You’ve never read the famous book, Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens or seen it on TV during the Christmas season?
by Pope Francis.
In Matthew 1:1-18, the evangelist tells us about the events preceding the birth of Christ from Joseph’s point of view. The following is a reflection on Joseph and how he responded to what he could only have experienced as a shattering crisis.
by Fr. Bob Wild.
All during Advent we’re going to sing "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!" Desiring Christ’s coming, begging him to come, sharing in his own longing to come to us: this is what Advent is all about. But did you know that besides desiring Christ’s coming, we also have within us the power to affect that coming both in our own hearts and in the world?
by Catherine Doherty.
Advent is the time of expectation. True, Christ has already come upon earth. He has been crucified, and has risen. He is with us now, in his Church. And yet, somehow, as the season for commemorating His birth approaches, something stirs in us, something deep and profound, as if we are expecting a great miracle.
by Paulette Curran.
October is a lovely month in Combermere. With the trees blazing red, orange, and yellow, it is arguably the most beautiful one. For the most part, the weather is good, too—not too hot and not too cold.
by Fr. David May.
Late evenings in December have a special beauty here at Madonna House in what we call "the Main House."
For most of Advent, the décor is kind of spare and simple. Unlike many folks today, we don’t decorate for Christmas until about a week before the actual feast. Still, the house has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, nicely heated against the cold’s encroaching from outside.
by Catherine de Vinck.
Autumn’s gold spent
the trees bare, iron branches
studded with crows.
What is real?
the apple on the table,
the rain rapping the window
with wet knuckles,
the otherness of others,
each and all locked
in their own story
their own dreams?
No need for speech,
no reason for coming
or going: Why travel
when here and there
when space upon space
open their bright corollas.
snow furring the land.
Soon Christmas: candles lit
for the Child radiant
under a crown of stars.
When we are dodging bleak winds on cold November days at Madonna House, the Lord gives us the gift of perseverance. Catherine Doherty wrote that perseverance in our daily life is like saying to God, "Lord, I throw my life at your feet, and sing and sing that I bring you such a little thing."
by Catherine Doherty.
Sometimes the ways of the Lord are strange—strange to every one of us. We are offered the opportunity to preach the Gospel without compromise quietly, hiddenly, unobtrusively, every moment of our lives. Why don’t we catch these moments? Why do we let them go by?
New Applicants: Mark Olszewski, Donald Young, Nadine Bruneau, Mary Frances Henderson.
Assignments: Fr. Michael Weitl, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Pembroke, Ontario; Zena Hitz, Roanoke.