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Retreat Ahead

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Retreat Ahead

Retreat Ahead

A dear friend reminds me occasionally that what she calls “nun-speak” or “sister-speak” is not clear to the average layperson. For example when we say “slide” meaning the cafeteria counter where food is set out for selection, all kinds of images may come to mind, but probably not the one that we intend. Come to think of it the English language is like that a lot—many words need context to give them clarity, and context comes from history and use. So, to the subject of this blog… the word “retreat” needs clarification on both sides. When a sister or woman religious...

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Let innocence arise

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

Let innocence arise

I have often shared the story that on a summer day in my childhood, walking down a country road in Ohio, I experienced a moment of profound enlightenment. I did not know it at the time. I had no words for such things at the age of 10. But as my life deteriorated into anxiety and depression, I pointed to that moment and said to myself, “If I could get back to that moment, I know I would be healed.” So I began the search for that glorious reality that my soul experienced at the age of 10. I longed to return to the inner experience of a childhood summer of freedom and play, openness and...

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The Gift of Moments

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

The Gift of Moments

Be in the moment! Ah, if only I could… but the moment doesn’t wait for me to get there, already it’s gone to the next: a new moment and here I am late arriving again. Life is a succession of moments and I am called/invited to pay attention, but the hope of doing so by closing my eyes and focusing within seems a contradiction, an escape from the outward and onward passing moments that keep flowing by. Yet it isn’t either/or. When I am silent within and waiting I am still moving from moment to moment. Life/time unfolds and the invitation to be present is real. This is both gift and...

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Oasis of Presence

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Oasis of Presence

Oasis of Presence

Ivan came to work the garden this morning. “Your garden,” he said “should be called an Oasis of Love.” What a wonderful thought! I remember one of our guests saying recently that “Practicing presence is our ministry.” Perhaps all of Centering Space is an “Oasis of Presence” Practicing presence is acknowledging the hand of God in all that surrounds us: signs of divine energy in the sparrows, the red-winged blackbirds, the nuthatches, the red-bellied woodpeckers and even the starlings sharing and quibbling at the suet baskets; signs of divine artistry in the yellow daffodils,...

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The Companionship of Empowerment

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Blog | 6 comments

The Companionship of Empowerment

I was recently intrigued by a quote from Teilhard de Chardin. “Our role is no longer to merely ease suffering, bind up wounds, and feed the hungry, but through every form of effort to raise the powers of love upward to the next stage of consciousness.” He certainly isn’t saying to neglect the works of mercy, but to enhance them with a determined intention to bring an awareness of Divine Presence into everything we do. Our task is to become more and more aware of Divine presence within and among us, this is a raising of consciousness. Historically we have used words like Reign of God or...

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The “why” of my life

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on The “why” of my life

The “why” of my life

January is a “delicious” time of year to take stock of life. The New Year is a blank slate, a fresh start, a transition often from a “rocky” past year. And so we enter the New Year with expectations that things will be different, that we will get better at this thing we call “living.” But before making those resolutions, it’s important to answer one question, WHY am I here? This is as true for businesses as for individuals. Businesses forecast their earnings, make a business plan to grow, innovate and upgrade, just as we make resolutions and plans for our year ahead. In 2009,...

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