joyce rupp

July 22, 2022

Sabbath Time

During our staff planning meeting this week, Rainey Taylor, Sales Manager, shared this beautiful reflection from Joyce Rupp's "Anchors for the Soul". As our July Directed Retreat finishes up tomorrow, we hope that this has been a special week of Sabbath Time for the guests. Maybe this reflection will inspire your quiet time at home, work or outdoors too? Sabbath Time The only sounds breaking the immense quiet are crickets humming and the first yawns of robins and cardinals. My…

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June 15, 2022

Dear Heart Preface

May you find Peace. May you be one with your true self... Dear Heart Preface the persistent voice of midlife wooed and wailed, wept and whined, nagged like an endless toothache, seduced like an insistent lover, promised a guide to protect me as I turned intently toward my soul. as I stood at the door of “Go Deeper” I heard the ego’s howl of resistance, felt the shivers of my false security but knew there could be no other way.…

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only one you
April 6, 2022

Seek the stillness

Now that activities have resumed, are you finding that your calendar feels too full? Are you stressed from feeling pulled into too many directions with endless 'to-do' lists? Today's post offers reflections from the gifted Joyce Rupp that may help you to relish a few quiet moments in contemplation, especially as we approach Holy Week. So, let's sit in a comfortable position, let's breathe in and out, in and out, and pray to be able to hear that still, small…

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finding God in the mess
March 23, 2022

Waiting

During this season of Lent, the recurring theme of waiting surfaces. We await the sacrifice of Jesus with somber hearts and anticipate the hope and glory that the resurrection brings. How does this time of waiting change you and draw you closer to the cross? Can you see that analogy in the poems below?   In out-of-the-way places of the heart, Where your thoughts never think to wander, This beginning has been quietly forming, Waiting until you were ready to…

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hope, candle
January 30, 2022

A Lesson from Frost

One winter morning I awoke to see magnificent lines of frost stretching across my window panes. They seemed to rise with the sunshine and the bitter cold outside. They looked like little miracles that had been formed in the dark of night. I watched them in sheer amazement and marveled that such beautiful forms could be born during such a winter-cold night. Yet, as I pondered them I thought of how life is so like that. We live our long,…

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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
September 17, 2021

Play Time

We are pleased to be bringing Sr. Chris Koellhoffer to our Center next spring for a Lenten retreat! She will present "The Lenten Summons to Green Our Lives" March 4-6 and you can click here to learn more. Sr. Chris is a gifted writer and today we're sharing a post from her blog, Mining the Now (click here to visit). It was written in July, but has an important lesson that we can carry throughout the seasons. Let's read about…

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Blog, Chris Koellhoffer
May 14, 2021

Stillness

Today's reflection comes from the pages of Joyce Rupp's "Anchors for the Soul". So many of us are feeling the crunch of the business of life once again, so it's easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed. Whether you're on a retreat at the Center or just need to few quiet moments to reflect at home, this is a great starting point. Now, let's take a few deep breaths and then read the following...   Stillness stillness just stillness like my…

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prayer for pandemic
October 9, 2020

A Blessing for Healing

Today's post is a prayer from Joyce Rupp, OSM. Do you know someone who is in need of physical, emotional or spiritual healing? Why not reach out to them with this beautiful prayer for healing? Just reading it may spark a bit of strength and faith that they need today. A Blessing for Healing May the ever-present love of family and friends sustain and support you, especially in those times when you feel alone and lonely. May you accept your…

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September 20, 2020

Connecting with Divine Love

Upon opening Sr. Joyce Rupp's "Anchors for the Soul" daily reflection book, this prayer spoke to us. This weekend, many ladies have been at the Center for our annual Women's Wellness retreat and have been invited to use a few special places for private prayer, as well as many beautiful spots outdoors. We hope that they received many blessings from the retreat and connecting with divine love... Connecting with Divine Love What happens in our prayer time will naturally affect…

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