Showing posts tagged as 'spirit'

Use Your Imagination

Tags: Catholic-church, Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Mind, Prayer, Spirit

September 17, 2010 13:40

I know, it's a bit early for Nativity scenes, but let me explain :) Use of our imagination is a key component of Ignatian Spirituality. It's funny, as we get older most of us don't daydream like we used to. Remember when you were a kid, and you could close your eyes and instantly transport yourself to some epic event, with you playing a key role? I'm not sure how it happens, but it seems to me...

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My Father’s World

Tags: Inspiration, Prayer, Spirit

September 15, 2010 21:14

I had the chance to take a hike with a good friend today. We went to Catoctin State Park and took the trail that led to Chimney Rock, where I took this picture. As you can see, it was a glorious fall day here in Maryland. It was good to get out, and it was great getting some strenuous exercise.The trip reminded me of the adventures of Maltbie Babcock, a man I learned about a couple of years ago...

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Prepare For Rain

Tags: Inspiration, Mind, Prayer, Spirit

September 13, 2010 21:31

image for just one more day. Thanks for bearing with me :)In the movie Facing the Giants, Grant Taylor, a discouraged high school football coach, gets an unexpected visit from Mr. Bridges, a man who has been praying for the Christian school for years. When the coach tells Mr. Bridges "I just don't see God at work here," the man responded by telling a story:

Grant, I once heard a story about two...

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Tags: Catholic-church, Italy, Mind, Prayer, Spirit

September 08, 2010 21:07

In the Catholic tradition, today is Mary's birthday. This beautiful Madonna by Fra Angelico captures the youthfulness of Mary when Gabriel appeared to her with some history-changing news. Despite her virginity, she would bear a son, who would be named Jesus. There had never been an announcement like it before, or since.Several years ago, I heard a wonderful reflection on this passage (Luke...

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Tags: Inspiration, Mind, Prayer, Spirit, Type-ii-diabetes

September 06, 2010 08:35

Happy Labor Day!

I hope you have the chance to relax today! I would be remise if I didn't remind you to keep all the many, many folks who are unemployed in your prayers. These are difficult times.

This weekend, I've been reading Life Is An Attitude, written by Dottie Billington. It's a little self-help book that was mentioned by someone in an on-line course I'm taking, and I thought I'd check it...

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Our Father

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer, Spirit

September 05, 2010 07:31

Three Minute Retreat. I know I've written about this great little prayer help several times, but it's worth bringing up again.Loyola Press has done a great job at giving us a simple, quick and meaningful way to start our day, and if you haven't tried it out yet, please give it a look. You can even have the retreat emailed to you, which it how a lot of my friends and co-workers get the messages....

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The Best Part

Tags: Inspiration, Prayer, Spirit

September 02, 2010 22:36

Life is a journey, not so much to a destination, but a transformation. Looking back, doesn't it sometimes feel like our richest times are right in the midst of our hardest?God made us to live in community, to laugh and cry, to hurt and celebrate with each other no matter what we're going through.Transformation is tough. We don't always end up where we think we will. We have to remember that...

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The Legacy

Tags: Catholic-church, Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer, Spirit

August 29, 2010 06:12

I guess it's always a little tricky to talk about someone's legacy. As I was thinking about my pastor's legacy today, many things came to mind. Of course, there is the big, beautiful church building. There's the perpetual adoration chapel. No one on the finance committee would want to forget that, despite these tough times, we remain in the black. The list could go on and on. But, I don't think...

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Brendan’s Prayer

Tags: Inspiration, Prayer, Spirit

August 28, 2010 10:53

I was doing some cleaning this morning and had to put away one of my travel bags that had been sitting around for couple of weeks. It seems like I always leave a thing or two inside, so I checked and found a folded up scrap of paper.Instead of throwing the paper away immediately, I unfolded it. Printed inside was a prayer entitled "Brendan's Prayer". I don't know where I got this, and I don't...

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Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Prayer, Spirit

August 27, 2010 16:53

I've been in a reflective mood the past couple of days. If you follow my blog, you know that our long-time pastor is leaving our parish this weekend. Change is always hard, and he will be terribly missed. But the rhythm of parish life will keep moving. School starts Tuesday. There will be masses, baptisms, funerals, reconciliations and weddings, among a myriad of other things. The beat goes on,...

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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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