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.
In October, the trees fill our land with color—the reds of maples, the bronze of oaks, and the clear yellows of birches. Busloads of tourists come to view them. Then the winds bring the leaves down in showers, and they cushion the earth helping to insulate it during the cold winter months.
by Peter Gravelle.
For a good number of years now, I have been hearing the term, "the garden enclosed," and I have learned that it means "the place in your heart where you meet God." I never liked the term.
50th Anniversaries: Douglas Guss and Marie Javora.
25th Anniversaries: Mary McGoff, Doreen Dykers, Mary Ellen Kocunik, Daniel Rabideau, Fr. Thomas Rowland.
Assignments: Fr. Michael Weitl, parish in Pembroke for one year; Beth Ryan, Yukon; Jo-Anne Paquette, Marian Centre Edmonton.
Death: Carol Ann Gieske’s mother, Loretta.
by Paulette Curran.
The feast of the Assumption, August 15th, is our summer feast that we celebrate with joy and lavishness. It’s a day we, her children, praise and celebrate our Mother with flowers, song, and beautiful liturgies. This year, these included the Acathist, a beautiful Eastern Rite prayer to Our Lady and a Byzantine liturgy.
by Marie Javora and Doug Guss.
When two people shared about their lives from their hearts at their anniversary celebration, well, what can I say? Here are some excerpts.
by Mark Schlingerman.
A relationship with Jesus Christ must be the heart of any vocation, and in my Madonna House vocation, one of the main things that has been forming this in me is the liturgy of the Catholic Church.
by Patricia Lawton.
I began writing these notes to the sound of a power washer on the front porch and the voices of teenagers sanding and scraping the floor on our porch. It was the annual visit of the Catholic Heart Work Campers.
by Theresa Davis.
One interesting thing that happened in our house recently was the visit of two Orthodox nuns from Minsk, Belarus.
by Doreen Rousseau.
Last summer, Hugo Isaza, with the help of some of our volunteers, brought beauty into our neighborhood. The flowers he planted all around our house were a joy to all who passed by.
by Fr. Pat McNulty.
Here’s a reflection on Matthew 22:1-14, the gospel for October 12th. What did you wear to Mass last Sunday?
If you found the following advertisement in the Sunday edition of your newspaper, what would you suppose they were trying to sell? "Where the breeze is always fresh, the beaches splendid, and the mood is calm and inspired. Prepare for a never-ending weekend."
by Catherine Doherty.
Deserts, silence, and solitudes are not necessarily places but states of mind and heart. These deserts can be found in the midst of the city, and in every day of our lives. We need only to look for them and realize our tremendous need for them.
by Scott Eagan.
God puts it there,
desire deep down,
a seed burning white hot,
the one true thing, slumbering
in our middle class lives.
Then one day, parting the crust,
heart pierced, desire’s
roots reaching bedrock, our life
broken open and offered revelation …
we step over the dreaded threshold.
And fear disappears
like mists rising sunward
unveiling the great blue heron,
like the virgin’s liminal yes
to God’s one deep and true desire.
by Pope John Paul II.
I wish to draw your attention to the rosary, for October is the month of the rosary.
The rosary is my favorite prayer. A marvelous prayer! Marvelous in its simplicity and in its depth. In this prayer, we repeat many times the words that the Virgin Mary heard from the archangel and from her kinswoman Elizabeth. The whole Church joins in these words.
by Tom White.
Where do we find God? Where can even the unbeliever find God? Through what are called "the transcendentals": beauty, truth and goodness. These can be found everywhere, and they point to God, for he is Beauty, Truth, and Goodness (or Love).
by Sandra Novecosky.
We have been plunged into the adventure of a major renovation of our home, and adventure it has been! We had to move out everything but the bare essentials, and we continue to do our usual work, operating out of the basement.