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November 11, 2020

A Blessing to Share

Oftentimes when we're catching up with friends or family members, we hear that their hearts are heavy with all that is going on in the world. Sometimes it's difficult to find words of comfort when the pandemic is so stressful for everyone. Today, we offer this poetic prayer, a blessing, that you can share with others. May it offer care and comfort to those with whom you share it.   What is a blessing but a rain of grace falling…

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hands, prayer, pray
November 8, 2020

Our Personal Encounter through Church

Today's blog features Fr. Michael Schleupner's continuation of the Pope Francis series. Although many of us cannot gather in our churches right now, we hope that you feel the community of believers around you and maybe you can even reach out to members of your community today. Pope Francis - 2     Dear Friends, Pope Francis emphasizes faith as a “personal encounter with Jesus Christ.” He is also very clear that this encounter is made possible through the faith community,…

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November 6, 2020

Prayer for Peace and Calm

Today we pause for peace and calm. Let's take a quiet moment to "walk" around the grounds of the Center, admiring the colors around us. Will you pray with us? Prayer for Peace and Calm Dear Lord and Father of humankind, Forgive our foolish ways; Reclothe us in our rightful mind, In purer lives Thy service find, In deeper reverence, praise. Drop Thy still dews of quietness, Till all our strivings cease; Take from our souls the strain and stress,…

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walk the labyrinth
October 23, 2020

Seeing Every Day as an Opportunity

Today's post is from author and retreat presenter Mary DeTurris Poust. She shares about an experience that she had recently, presenting a retreat during the pandemic. It resonates with us as we make safety accommodations for our guests of current retreats too. We are excited that she will be with us for a weekend retreat next summer. Click here to learn more about Mary and her "Broken, Beautiful, and Beloved" retreat. Let's take a few quiet moments to learn about…

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Mary DeTurris Poust
October 11, 2020

Prayer for Peace in Anxiety

After over six months of precautions and pressures from the pandemic, many of us are seeking a calming peace. We hope that you'll be able to pause for this prayer and meditation from the Catholic Health Association today, providing renewed strength and hope. For Peace in Anxiety ​During the Coronavirus Pandemic Loving God, we come to you full of anxiety about what may happen in the coming days and weeks. Shower us with the peace Jesus promised to his disciples,…

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September 16, 2020

The Spiritual Side of Laughter

Today's post features an older blog from Dr. Angela Bisignano. Her website shared this blog several years ago and during tough times like this, we could all use more laughter in our lives, right? Let's read her advice about the spiritual benefits of laughter! The Spiritual Side of Laughter by Dr. Angela Bisignano Think of how you feel when you see someone laughing. I know it makes me feel good. Laughter has an infectious quality. I feel less stressed just…

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September 13, 2020

Struggles to Blessings

The pandemic has certainly tested everyone and some may feel inadequate in various areas of their lives. The good news is that we can lean on God and Fr. James Martin explains how our weaknesses can be a gift. Let's take a quiet moment to reflect on this quote from him.   “The beginning of sanctity is loving yourself as a creation of God. And that means all of yourself, even the parts that you wish weren’t there, the parts…

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September 9, 2020

Prayer for a New, Different Beginnings

Many are experiencing a completely different type of new school year during the pandemic. Today's post shares a prayer from The Presbyterian Outlook. Let's take a few moments to pray for students, parents and educators as they navigate this new beginning.   Lord, we know you hold the future and walk with us even now on this unpredictable path of the pandemic. We trust you work through the most difficult of seasons and never abandon us to navigate life’s challenges…

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September 4, 2020

Words of Encouragement from St. Augustine

Today's reflection highlights quotes from St. Augustine of Hippo, also known as Saint Augustine. St. Augustine was a theologian, philosopher, and the bishop of Hippo Regius in Numidia, Roman North Africa. His writings have greatly influenced the development of Western philosophy and Western Christianity. Many words of St. Augustine can encourage us during this difficult time of the pandemic too. If you haven't already, find a quiet spot to read his words and to pray with us.   “And men…

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St. Augustine of Hippo
August 28, 2020

Accept. Adapt. Surrender. Trust

Today's post is from author Mary DeTurris Poust's blog, "Not Strictly Spiritual". Mary shared her blog with us and is looking forward to her weekend retreat at our Center next summer. We just added her "Broken, Beautiful and Beloved: Learning to See Ourselves Through the Eyes of God" retreat to our website and you can read more about it here. Thanks for sharing your blog with our readers too, Mary. Let's take a few moments to reflect on her thoughts...…

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