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The Gift of Presence

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The Gift of Presence

December Blog 2017 by Carol Kandiko, CSA I barely remember my childhood expectation that the spirit of Christmas was getting presents. I do remember that Santa brought them! Delightful surprises! Simple gifts that Mom and Dad could afford. I more consciously remember growing into the awareness that the real meaning of Christmas was giving presents: taking the place of Santa and hoping to delight others with just the right gift. It was important to keep the surprise, to pick pretty wrapping paper, to place the package carefully under the Christmas tree. Most important was to choose the...

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Living in Gratitude

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Living in Gratitude

Living in Gratitude

CS November 2017 Blog by Betsy Nero. It seems over the past few years we hear more and more to have an “attitude of gratitude.” It is suggested that we keep a gratitude journal or to pray a gratitude examen at the close of the day. I just had the good fortune of being with a group of women for their annual fall retreat where the theme was gratitude. Over the course of the weekend their private prayer was to write on tags those things for which they are grateful.  That communal event was very prayerful and powerful as each retreatant was getting in touch with the generosity of a loving...

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The Capacity to Listen

Posted by on Sep 30, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on The Capacity to Listen

The Capacity to Listen

CS October Blog 2017 by Ginny May Schiros The capacity to listen–that is what Centering Space gives to me at any given time. Whether it comes in the form of a reading shared by one of the leaders, a comment made by a fellow pilgrim in the prayer circle, or in a joke shared around the table afterwards: I always leave Centering Space with an insight that I would not have otherwise been gifted with had I not shown up. Just the other day, I experienced this after a morning of volunteering with the Audubon Society. Once a week, I gather at 5 am with other “bird nerds” in Downtown...

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One With God

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on One With God

One With God

September Blog by Sr. Mary Ann Andrews, CSA (from our archives) Autumn is once again transforming our part of the planet. Realizing the interdependence between my own life and that of the planet, I discover an earth filled with beauty and song. The movements of nature— the changing colors, the harvesting of crops, the letting go of fruits and seeds are invitations from our God to pause and to reflect as well as to enjoy the beauty of the season. Each gift of the season has its counterpart in the gifts and movements to our lives. We, too, move in cycles and seasons and have life experiences...

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One Loving Heart Sets Another on Fire

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on One Loving Heart Sets Another on Fire

One Loving Heart Sets Another on Fire

Sister Cheryl Keehner’s Blog It’s summer time. In the darkness of night, the light from fireworks and campfires draw us together. We see the world differently. We discover friendships. We share delight and intimacies. We are thrilled. We are warmed. We make memories and can’t wait until the next time we celebrate “Brother Fire” who St. Francis describes as “beautiful and gay…full of power and strength.” The experience of awe in the presence of fire is as old as life itself. Fire has been seen as a sign of the presence of the Divine. Spiritual writers often write on an...

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What I have learned about faith, prayer and God from my little backyard garden

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

What I have learned about faith, prayer and God from my little backyard garden

Betsy Nero’s Blog There is a time for everything, a season for every purpose under heaven: a season to be born and a season to die; a season to plant and a season to harvest…                                                                                                 Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 I have often said that my prayer life is strongest from May to October. When I have the opportunity to be working in my yard I experience deep contentment. Often I’ll go to my parents’ house to...

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