Tuscany Pt. II

Tags: Catholic-church, Italy, Travel

May 12, 2010 20:02

At church on Sunday, a young man I've known for many years came up to talk with me. Seth had just returned from a semester in Florence. We had talked excitedly before his trip. I love to tell people about some of the more obscure places to visit when they're in Tuscany. Florence is filled with them.Seth lived and took his classes in the center of Florence near Santa Croce. Built in 1294, this...


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Teach Me Your Ways

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Spirit

May 10, 2010 20:42

This prayer, written by Pedro Arrupe, SJ, comes from the book Hearts On Fire: Praying with the Jesuits. It just seemed fitting today. Maybe it was meant for you.

Teach me your way of looking at peopleas you glanced at Peter after his denial,as you penetrated the heart of the rich young manand the hearts of your disciples.I would like to meet you as you really are,since your image changes those...


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The Best Idea We Ever Had

Tags: Travel

May 09, 2010 15:53

I've been sick with the flu for the past day or so, and it hasn't been fun. I hate getting sick, which doesn't happen too often. When it does, I'm down for the count. On the bright side, staying home has given me the chance to watch the last of Ken Burns' series on the National Parks.I've learned so much about the history of the Park Service, and one of the things that's most impressed me is...


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Morningstar Farms

Tags: Body, Main-course, Vegan, Vegetarian

May 08, 2010 07:34

Around this time last year, I began walking every day for about 45 minutes. I was trying to lose weight and get myself healthy, and I was quickly seeing results. I was feeling good!At that point, I was trying to avoid meat, especially beef. Of course, as I walked my neighborhood, grilling season was just firing up. There are very few smells that get my mind thinking about food as does the smell...


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Expect the unexpected

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Mind, Spirit

May 07, 2010 06:06

book this morning, and I came across something worth sharing.

I heard a great story recently about a guy who decided to send flowers to the grand opening of a friend's restaurant. At the grand opening, he decided to check out the flowers he'd sent. Much to his dismay, he discovered that he'd sent a white wreath that said, "May you rest in peace." Of course, he panicked and stepped out to call...


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What Will It Be?

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Mind, Spirit

May 06, 2010 08:41

On Thursday mornings, I'm the lector at 7:00 Mass, so I have to get up earlier than usual. In the winter, it's hard to get out of that warmbed. But at this time of the year, no problem.In his homily, our priest talked about making a choice in how you live your life. He said that you could go through life depressed, angry, bitter, judgemental, and a generally unpleasent person to be around. Or,...


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The End and the Beginning

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

May 05, 2010 21:15

It's the end of a long day, and I feel like I've been racing through it all. Our programs are winding down for the school year, I've been interviewing people for our open position, I took a group out to dinner to thank them for all their hard work, etc., etc., etc. You know how it goes. You've probably had the same kind of day. I'm looking forward to heading home to get some rest. And then it...


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Hard Times

Tags: Mind, Spirit

May 04, 2010 20:33

Last Thursday, I received a frantic call from one of my friends. She had just learned that she was going to be laid off the following day. She has been such a great asset to the place where she was working, it was hard for me to believe that her time with them would end in this way.I hate to say it, but I think she's going to have a very hard time finding a new job. She's very skilled, very...


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Thank you, Mr. Albright

Tags: Spirit, Travel

May 03, 2010 14:24

Stephen Mather, they laid out the foundations of our National Park system. Together, these men sought out pristine areas of our country that were worth saving for future generations. What's a bit hard to believe is that all the land for our National Parks up to the 1940's was donated by private citizens. This photo of me, my brother Don, and sister Jody, standing in front of the Grand Tetons,...


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The Butterfly Effect

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Mind, Spirit, Travel

May 02, 2010 15:54

Do you remember these little stores in the malls named Successories? They were always tucked away in some corner, and they offered inspirational gifts, which were really popular in the 90's. Well, Successoriesbit the dust some time back, only remerge as Simple Truths. Only available on line, they offer the same kind of material. Somehow I got on their email list, and out of sheer boredom one...


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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.

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