Madonna House is usually a hidden apostolate, but today on the 25th anniversary of Catherine Doherty’s death, it is good for it to be a little less hidden.
When Catherine Doherty was ill before her death, people wondered if Madonna House would continue or if it had arisen simply on the strength of her personality. Her response was that if it was of God, the apostolate would continue. It has not only continued, but grown. There have been applicants and Final Promises every year that I can remember. Some years the number is larger than others, but during the recent drought, that’s notable.
The reason can be attributed to it being a life of total commitment, rigorously living the “Gospel Without Compromise;” the apostolate’s faithfulness to the Magesterium; and the continuous vigilance and fidelity of staff members since Catherine’s death.
The current issue of Restoration has several articles remembering Catherine Doherty. Remembering Catherine Doherty is a good summary of her life. Later I might list the other articles, but for now will simply link at this index.
Some random thoughts:
For a community of men, women, and priests, there’s been absolutely no confusion of the roles of the laity and the clergy.
Recently on Catholic radio, I’ve heard comments along the lines that Vatican II wasn’t implemented until Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Madonna House implemented and incorporated and even was a forerunner before Vatican II, such as being one of the earliest to become a secular institute in the 1950s.
Catherine Doherty was also aware of the importance of silence. Poustinia has been a classic for a while.
Prayers and good thoughts to all those in and/or touched by the Madonna House apostolate.