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.
New Local Director: Hugo Isaza, Marian Centre Regina.
Transfers: Martha Reilander, Vancouver; Sofia Segal, St. Joseph’s House; Nancy Topping, Combermere.
Deaths: Fr. Jim Duffy, Associate Archbishop Pierre-André Fournier (diocese of Rimouski), Helen Porthouse’s father, Denis.
Associate’s Final Promises: Fr. David Maher.
by Pat Probst.
Today is the next-to-last day of January. As I write, a new snowfall is brightening the ground, and the sun is shining brilliantly. I am substituting for Paulette who is now recovering from the flu that felled most of us, beginning around New Year’s (though a few went down earlier). Timberrrrrr! Down we went.
by Catherine Doherty.
Listen with your hearts and your souls. Listen with an ear attuned, with expectation, desire, and love, and you will hear the coming of the wind of the Holy Spirit. This wind is mightier than any tornado.
by Fr. James H. Duffy, as told to Shatzi Duffy.
In August 1968, when Fr. Duffy was prayed over for the release of the Holy Spirit at a prayer meeting at Combermere, he knew that something important had happened to him.
Shortly after that, one morning during his prayer time, he heard a voice in his heart say, "I want you to take the knowledge and experience of the Holy Spirit to many places and other countries in the days to come. I will be with you."
by Fr. Jim Duffy and Fr. Emile-Marie Briere.
A flame is just a tiny little light that stands before the face of God. Like a vigil light, it flickers and bends before every breeze, but it has the power to give light to darkness, warmth to the heart, comfort to the afflicted, and consolation to our God! When it coalesces with other little flames, it can change hearts and eventually transform the whole world!
by Trudi Cortens, director of MH Toronto.
Trudi and Fr. Duffy worked and lived in community both in Carriacou, West Indies, (1970-1980), and in Toronto (1994-2014)—she as director and he as chaplain.
Fr. Duffy was a friend of mine for over forty years. Here are just a few stories and memories.
by Pope John Paul II.
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal is one of the many fruits of the Second Vatican Council, which, like a new Pentecost, led to an extraordinary flourishing in the Church’s life of groups and movements particularly sensitive to the action of the Spirit.
by Fr. David May.
Dear Father Jim,
It’s been nearly a month now since you went home to the Lord, and I’ve been meaning to drop you a line for some time. But you know how it is at times: life takes unexpected turns and keeps us occupied and preoccupied.
by Shatzi Duffy, staff worker & niece of Fr. Duffy.
If somebody asked me to describe Uncle Jim in seven words or less, I would say, The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come" (Rev 22:17).
Unlike the rest of the Duffy family, Uncle Jim never desired to be well-known in this life. Even though he played boogie-woogie piano and sang a great rendition of the song, "Dear Old Donegal," he tended toward shyness, especially early in life.
by Fr. Jim Duffy.
Fr. Duffy had a repertoire of stories taken from everywhere and/or perhaps written himself, which he used in homilies and teachings. Here are just a few of them.
by Fr. Jim Duffy.
Fr. Duffy wrote the following story about his soul in 1981, the 25th anniversary of his priesthood.
If I live to be a hundred years, I will never be able to stop thanking God for the greatest miracle I have ever witnessed—my ordination to the priesthood. Tears overwhelmed me as my family and friends surrounded me with congratulations on the cathedral steps.
February is a quiet month; even its feasts, such as the Ash Wednesday and Presentation, are quiet ones. And winter, which in early February is still very much with us, has its own stillness. After our busy days, that winter stillness and the beauty of the snow can be good preparations for Mass or community prayer as we walk to our island chapel.
by Lolita Jardeleza, a longtime friend of MH.
Lord, we have been through this before.
The pruning, the stripping, the reaming,
The purifying, the purging,
The burning off.