hope

December 2, 2022

Waiting in Expectant Silence

Listen, listen, wait in silence, Listening… For the One, from whom all mercy flows. During the holy season of Advent, we are a waiting people. Just as the Jewish people of the 1st century awaited the long-expected Messiah and still, in our day, look for Messiah’s coming, those who accept Jesus as the fulfillment of this promise, spend the four weeks before Christmas in joyful expectancy each year. At this start of Advent, we gather to reflect on what waiting…

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Advent retreat
August 5, 2022

So Today, of All Days, I Pray

So Today, of All Days, I Pray   God gave me faith in myself, Not only on days when I’m doing great and winning And nothing seems impossible But on days when the whole world looks different… And I’m wear and the road ahead holds little promise. When my family is looking to me for strength When I wonder if I’m brave enough, smart enough And understanding the I must be crazy to try, don’t let me quit Lord, not…

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prayer, lent
July 29, 2022

Courage to Sit Down & Listen

Today's blog is written by retreat presenter, Andrea Springer. Andrea will be presenting a retreat that corresponds with this theme on Saturday, August 27 and you can click here if you'd like to learn more. Now, let's read her incredible insights about the courage we can each find within! Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.  ~ Winston Churchill Winston Churchill really gets my attention with…

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courage retreat
July 17, 2022

Grace

Grace The torrential rains drenching our earth Pelting from the shrouded sky Enfolding our days in sorrowful grays We could weep, but for the flourish of life revealed Grace The fierce winds gusting our earth Churning wide from the swirling air Shaking our days in fearful frays We could tremble, but for the sweep of fresh air imbued Grace The fiery sun bearing down on our earth Blasting hot light from its blazing sphere Scorching our days with merciless rays…

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grace
April 24, 2022

Easter Hope

Today's post comes from one of our frequent retreat presenters, Fr. Michael Schleupner. Let's read his timely insight about hope from the resurrection and how we can carry it with us today, even as we hear of more devastating news each day. Easter Hope Dear Friends, With the Russian invasion of Ukraine and all the human tragedy happening there, this Easter turns my inner spirit to hope. Easter, the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection, inspires hope in me. I see hope…

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hope, resurrection
April 17, 2022

Alleluia! He is risen!

Happy Easter! We hope that you are filled with joy of the resurrection of Jesus today and always. Alleluia! Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. ~Matthew 28:5-6 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live," ~John 11:25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rmmsrbX9_4…

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Easter, Easter praise
March 4, 2022

Women’s History Month

March is nationally recognized as Women's History Month and next Tuesday is International Women's Day. We'll be celebrating by highlighting a weekly series of women's poetry and a short, little-known fact about a pioneering woman from our history. This series will appear each Friday in March. Comment and let us know which are your favorites poems, or share a new poem with us! Today's fun fact highlights Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) and the poems were written by the infamous Emily Dickinson…

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February 23, 2022

Black History Month: Open Unto Me

This is last post in our series for Black History Month. We hope that you've enjoyed the poetry that was shared and possibly learned about a new poet along the way. May we all continue to share the amazing history and gifted words of black writers, not just during Black History Month, but throughout the year. Let's take a few quiet moments to pray for an open spirit as we strive to respect and bring equality to our world of…

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black history month
January 7, 2022

Help me to journey into the unknown

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…

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new year prayers
January 2, 2022

Our wish for you in the new year

As we close out 2021, a year that was difficult for many, we invite you to intentionally summon the blessings and gratitude for the positive moments. The following reflection was included in a Christmas greeting from one of our retreat presenters and we thought it summarized well our wishes for you too. Let's step into the new year with love and cling to hope for the future... Love - to be the north star in my soul, leading me always…

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Happy New Year