Showing posts tagged as 'spirit'

The Future

Tags: Inspiration, Prayer, Spirit

October 07, 2010 05:51

Last Thursday, we had a big storm roll through the Mid-Atlantic states. Schools closed early in anticipation of the powerful winds and possible flash flooding. It's always good when the media gets the word out, although sometimes they present things in a rather apocalypticfashion. In my area, the storm caused little damage, and things got back to normal quickly. That was the case for most...

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St. Francis and Pain

Tags: Catholic-church, Italy, Soups-and-stews, Spirit

October 04, 2010 21:43

St. Francis is one of the greatest saints in the history of Christianity. You can learn all about him by clicking his name above. As I mentioned in yesterday's posting, I had the chance to be in Assisi for his feast day during the Jubilee Year of 2000. I've been to Assisi many times, but this trip was special. I was with my mother and sister, along with a good friend of mine who later became a...

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St. Francis of Assisi

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Italy, Prayer, Spirit, Travel

October 03, 2010 20:56

Ten years ago today, my family and I were celebrating the Jubilee Year in the Umbrian town of Assisi. October 4th is the feast day of St. Francis, and there is an ancient tradition of celebrating the vigil of his death with prayer. It's known as the Transitus of St. Francis.Those two days in Assisi were some of the most memorable of all my travels in Italy. Almost 800 years after his death, I...

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Good Friends

Tags: Inspiration, Mind, Prayer, Spirit

October 01, 2010 22:40

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure.

A faithful friend is beyond price,no sum can balance his worth.

A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God finds.

For he who fears God behaves accordingly, and his friend will be like himself.

Sirach 6:14-17

I had the chance to go out to lunch with some friends today. It was good hanging out with...

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Setting Goals

Tags: Blogging, Inspiration, Spirit, Type-ii-diabetes

September 25, 2010 19:38

The other day, someone sent me an email asking how I get so much accomplished. If they could only see my office :)Well, that question got me thinking. Now that summer is over, my busy time is set to begin. And this year, in addition to my usual responsibilities, I've added a bunch more, including this blog.I had no idea there would be as many people as there are reading my postings each day....

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Balance Is The Key

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Spirit

September 24, 2010 21:10

Last night a group at my church began the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. You can learn more about this great spiritual tool by hitting the St. Ignatius tab to the right.Listening to Nancy, our facilitator, I was reminded of my own first encounter with the Exercises. During this first session, we talk a lot about balance. In fact, balance is one of the key factors in Ignatian Spirituality....

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Change Your Perspective

Tags: Inspiration, Spirit

September 21, 2010 06:52

M C Escher. Sometimes, you can't change our situation right away. Maybe you feel stuck in a job, but you are hesitant to find another because of the economy. It could be that you have some health issues that took years to develop, and will now take time, effort and lifestyle changes to resolve. Sometimes it helps to step back and change your perspective on things. Here's a little story to...

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Tomorrow Is Here

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Spirit

September 20, 2010 06:47

Given the present economic situation most of us find ourselves in, we have become afraid of risk. Caution seems to be the word of the day. I'm wondering, though, if our caution and risk aversion has given way to a kind of paralysis. Many have become afraid to do anything, but at the same time feel frustrated and trapped. Does this resonate with you?

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Lead Kindly Light

Tags: Catholic-church, Papacy, Prayer, Spirit

September 19, 2010 05:55

I hope you're having a good weekend. I just got back from a quick trip to South Carolina, and today marks the beginning of my parish's religious education year. Say a prayer for us :)Over the past few days Pope Benedict has been in the United Kingdom. The purpose of the visit is to beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890). For those that don't know, beatification is the last step in the...

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Upcoming Retreats

Upcoming Events at Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, Marriottsville, Maryland.

Jan. 19-21: Making All Things New
This Retreat will focus on providing you with tools to improve your health, deepen your faith, and enjoy life to the fullest

March 17, 9am-1pm: Prayer Walking
This morning will introduce participants to Prayer Walking, which aims to strengthen our bodies and our relationship with God. Please where comfortable shoes and clothing.

May 11-13: Ignatian Spirituality
This Retreat will focus on key practices of Ignatian Spirituality, including St. Ignatius' deep devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Sept. 22, 9am-1pm: Ignatian Rules for Eating
Long before our present crisis of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, St. Ignatius included some Rules for Eating in his Spiritual Exercises. Join us to learn what they are and how they might benefit you or someone you love.

Nov. 16-18: Making All Things New
This Retreat will focus on providing you with tools to improve your health, deepen your faith, and enjoy life to the fullest.

To learn more and register for any of these events, click here for Bon Secours website.

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