Weekly Reflection - January 15, 2017

Winter Love (excerpted)
Sr. Louise Sharum

Winter love has such beauty in the human heart,
the beauty of slow, enduring, waiting growth.
It takes decades of slow inching to make a tree branch
And it takes a lifetime for a human heart to grow treewise.
The untrue branches, those that grew in ways
other than God’s design, those “no” inchings of growth–
passes so swiftly and will never come back as the same.
Why must our hearts ache so and be so torn, so alone?

Life is a pilgrimage.
We are on our way to a home prepared for us that will be forever.
It is crucial that we love the road we travel,
but remain free.
God always calls us onward;
always calls us beyond where we are.
There were hard times during years past
but now it all seems so precious.
Our whole life is like that.
The truth is that it is precious.
To focus on the hard while we are living through it
is natural but limiting.

Upcoming Retreat:
Centering Prayer: The Journey Continues

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This retreat is for ANYONE interested in deepening his or her centeringprayer practice. Centering prayer is a way of bringing to consciousnessthe unconscious “emotional wounds of a lifetime” (Thomas Keating) andenabling these stumbling blocks to become cornerstones for our TRUESELVES. There will be spiritual teachings (DVD’s and/or CD’s) on theprocess of transforming the false self led by teachers like Thomas Keating,Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault and possibly others. There willbe a 12-step meeting during the retreat open to ALL, as the 12-step programis a more cognitive way of dealing with our emotional short-comingsand character defects. This retreat will begin with supper on at 5:30on Thursday, March 9 and conclude after lunch on Sunday, March 12.The retreat will be in silence after the opening circle on Thursday nightuntil lunch on Sunday. Come and experience the powerful synergy ofthese two spiritual resources. Be still and know...

Total Cost: $235. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration.

Begins March 9-12, 2017 and is Presented by Nick Cole

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