Hispanic spirituality
Oct 2, 2021

Hispanic Spirituality has been described as "Diaspora Spirituality". It is the spirituality of the marginalized, the persecuted and of those who find themselves living as strangers in a strange land. It focuses on how God's grace is always moving us towards restoration and liberation. It's is centered on an unwavering faith in God's special love towards the abandoned and those who suffer. In short it is the spirituality of those whose only recourse has been ... Continue reading...

Sep 24, 2021

Peace In the Middle of the Pieces So often people ask, "What tip will help me move forward through hard seasons in life?" But there is no magic wand answer to that question. The real question and conviction becomes, "Are you willing to do the work, break up the broken thoughts, stand firm in emotional upheaval, and get grounded in truth when it feels like life is in pieces?" It takes work, not wishing; and this ... Continue reading...

caregiver's retreat
Sep 18, 2021

Uncovering the Blessings of the Caregiver Journey – An Afternoon of Reflection Spend the afternoon being reaffirmed as a caregiver for someone with a long-term illness, including, but not limited to, dementia. Participants will be invited to engage in storytelling, prayer/meditation, writing and other exercises that validate the caregiver experience. This retreat will be tailored to uplift participants who may or may not provide hands-on care for their loved ones, but who are actively involved in ... Continue reading...

SoulCollage
Sep 17, 2021

Immerse yourself in a weekend of exploring your intuition and imagination through collage making! The SoulCollage® process invites you to browse through piles of images and magazines to find pictures that call to you. When you assemble your selected images, your SoulCollage® card will visually re-create your lived experiences, personality parts, companions and supports -- both human and animal -- plus your archetypal patterns and spirit guides. Insights emerge as you “step into” the imagery ... Continue reading...

Sep 11, 2021

Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, and Connecting with God We spend a lot of our lives busily going from one task to the next. We often miss the present moment. The present moment is where we meet God. The present moment is also where we find the space to respond in healthier ways to our experiences instead of reacting automatically. Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the present moment, non-judgmentally, and with compassion. Paying attention to ... Continue reading...

Dr. Robert Wicks, healing
Aug 21, 2021

The Simple Care of a Hopeful Heart ~ Strengthening Your Inner Life in Challenging Times ~ One of the greatest gifts we can share with others is a sense of our own peace. However, we can’t share what we don’t have. By discussing psychological and spiritual approaches to maintaining a healthy perspective and enhancing resilience, Dr. Wicks, an expert on the prevention of secondary stress (the pressures experienced in reaching out to others) and author of Bounce: ... Continue reading...

summer retreat
Aug 6, 2021

“The desert is the theater of the human struggle of searching for God.” ~ Jan Majernik The spiritual life at varying times beckons us to the desert. To the place where all that originally held esteem or took credit is stripped away and laid bare. To the sanctuary within that demands simplicity, solitude and surrender. Join us for an extended weekend in which we will explore the rich concepts of desert spirituality and its impactful message for ... Continue reading...

centering prayer, prayer group
Jun 22, 2021

Held in person on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 7-8pm Beginning in June, Centering Prayer has returned to our former Tuesday schedule, with alternating day and evening times, and NEW alternating virtual and in-person sessions. In-person sessions will be held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 7-8pm. For these in-person sessions, pre-registration is required by the preceding Monday of each session. If less than four people are registered for an in-person ... Continue reading...

spring, pansies
Apr 14, 2021

Today's blog comes from Jen Murphy, Manager of Retreats & Events at the Center. Let's read her thoughts about one of spring's early booms. One of my favorite things about spring is the flowers. Daffodils and tulips are my absolute favorite flowers. Their cheery blooms brighten any day, breaking us from winter's dreariness. There's another flower that I have to give a lot of credit to though, the pansy. Over the years, I've planted them around ... Continue reading...

spring, poetry
Apr 9, 2021

Here in Marriottsville, we've been enjoying really beautiful weather this week! Nature is rejoicing in this Easter season too! Parts of the campus have bloomed and others are simply bursting with buds in anticipation of a few more days of sunshine. Our hearts are full of gratitude for the season and also full of hope as more staff members become vaccinated and guests share that they are now vaccinated too. It's certainly a springtime of ... Continue reading...