John Philip Newell
Oct 14, 2022

‘To be made of God is to be made of sacred imagination. It is to have the capacity to dream our way into new beginnings, in our lives and in our world.’ ‘In Celtic wisdom the sacred is as present on earth as it is in heaven, as immanent as it is transcendent, as human as it is divine, as physical as it is spiritual.’  ~Dr. John Philip Newell, Sacred Earth Sacred Soul Join us for a weekend ... Continue reading...

Father Nicholas Amato
Jul 31, 2022

Who is there that does not want to be happy? But happiness is not so much the goal of a spiritual life, as is joy. And joy is the fruit of a connection, a relationship, with the source of all joy, that is, God. Joy is experiencing God’s presence. In the span of seven days, we will carve out the journey which we are all on, not one just limited to passing happiness, but one ending ... Continue reading...

hope, quiet mornings program
Jun 21, 2022

Quiet Mornings sessions are currently being held virtually on a different schedule. It occurs each month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, and the 4th Saturday, from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Please email Joanne at jmcahooneph3@gmail.com  for the Zoom invitation. Quiet mornings provide an opportunity for quiet – for reflection, prayer, listening, presence – in common with others. Perhaps you’d like to carve out time, but could use the support of a structure that is ... Continue reading...

Martin Luther King Jr.
Jan 16, 2022

Tomorrow, we commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. and the incredible contributions that he made to racial justice, peace and spirituality. Many of the popular quotes that share his wisdom and passion will be shared across all forms of media tomorrow, but it is more rare that we see or hear his beautiful prayers, so we selected this particularly inspiring one. Will you take a few quiet moments to pray with us? Thou Eternal God, out of ... Continue reading...

new year prayers
Jan 7, 2022

During last Friday's New Year's Eve retreat, presenter Debra Donnelly-Barton shared the following prayer in the closing session. It's a prayer that we can all carry with us into the new year. Another prayer of hope follows. Take a few quiet moments to pray with us... Help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown. Give me the faith to leave old ways and break fresh ground with You. Christ of the mysteries, I trust You to be stronger ... Continue reading...

last week of Advent
Dec 19, 2021

On this last Sunday of Advent, we offer another important lesson from Fr. Michael Schleupner's 'Getting Ready' series. Although this was presented for the 3rd week of Advent, it can lead us right into today's focus on love as well. Let us know your thoughts as you reflect on the hope, peace, joy and love of the season. The week has arrived! Jesus is coming soon! Getting Ready - 3 Dear Friends, Last week I recommended that we ... Continue reading...

Advent, hope
Dec 3, 2021

In this season of waiting, breathe in life. Life of the One who created all things, whose image we bear. In this season of waiting, breathe in love. Love of the One who gave a precious Son to live as one of us. In this season of waiting breathe in peace. Peace of the One who calmed the sea and quiets the tumult of our souls. In this season of waiting breathe in hope. Hope that the One for whom we wait is indeed making all things whole.   by Christine Sine from godspace-msa.com Offered by Dora ... Continue reading...

prayer for fall
Oct 10, 2021

As the trees around us begin their transformation, it is also the perfect time for us to slow down, take a moment to just breathe and enjoy the change before us. Around the Retreat & Conference Center, it's as if we're watching God's paint strokes beginning a masterpiece. Do you have a favorite tree near your home that you appreciate each year as its colors change? Do you enjoy the fall decorations displayed by neighbors? ... Continue reading...

Sep 19, 2021

Our faithful friend of the blog, Fr. Michael Schleupner, offered this homily a few weeks ago. It gives his personal reflection about his relationship with Jesus, providing a beautiful way to embrace our connection to Jesus too. Let's take a few quiet moments to prayerfully read and reflect on our own journeys with God. Who do you say that Jesus is? Mark 8:27-35 Peter declares that Jesus is the Christ, and Jesus teaches that those who would ... Continue reading...

be still meditation
Aug 20, 2021

As summer winds down, many are feeling the crunch of a more hectic pace again. The constant news of the continued pandemic is very stressful too. How can we hear God's voice within the noise? Let's take a few quiet moments to be still...to listen. "Be still and know that I am God."  ~Psalm 46:10 A Modern 23rd Psalm... The Lord is the shepherd of my thoughts; I shall not want for divine ideas. He makes me rest in the ... Continue reading...