Fresh Start

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Mind, Spirit

April 28, 2010 20:03

If you've been following this blog for awhile, you've picked up on the fact that I enjoy sunrises. I'm an early riser, and I love to sit on my back porch, coffee in hand and watch the dawn of a new day. It's worth the effort!Yesterday, a young man I know started a new job. I've been friends with Diego and his parents for almost fifteen years now, and I guess you could say that I've become one...

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Time to get moving

Tags: Body, Ignatian-spirituality, Mind, Spirit

April 26, 2010 06:54

Probably like you, I'm on several email subscription lists. Just about every day I receive an email from John Eldridge, and they contain some quote from one of his many great books. I thought today's quote from his book, Sacred Romance was a great one to share:

Journey or Homestead?

Every great story involves a quest. In J. R. R. Tolkien’sThe Hobbit,Bilbo Bagginsran from the door at a quarter...

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God’s Grandeur

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Spirit

April 25, 2010 18:13

Through my silent retreats and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, I was introduced to the writings of a Jesuit poet named Gerard Manley Hopkins. Fr.Hopkins (1844-1889) was born into an Anglican family, but later converted to Catholicism and later entered the Society of Jesus.As I was out walking today, I realized that the heavy scent of all the neighborhood lilac bushes has started to...

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Where the wind has blown

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Mind, Spirit

April 24, 2010 21:42

Today has been a day of recollection. As I enter my last week of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, I'm to review my journal and look for ideas/concepts/situations that remind me of how God has been moving in my life over the last 30+ weeks.I hardly got through my first entry written on September 23rd, 2009, when I acknowledged just how present God has been to me throughout this time. As...

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Tomato Time

Tags: Gardening

April 23, 2010 20:54

First thing tomorrow morning, I'm heading up to a big nursery in Maryland called Valley View Farms. They carry over thirty varieties of tomatoes, along with an unbelievable amount of veggie plants and seeds.I was telling my friend Brian about my annual pilgrimage, and he asked to join me. He already has some tomatoes planted. Maybe he's planning a little friendly competition?At least four...

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Earth Day

Tags: Gardening, Ignatian-spirituality, Spirit

April 22, 2010 22:20

I wish we could have sat together today under the pergola. The warm air was heavy with the scent of lilacs. We have Hans and Mary to thank for this one, planted years ago and still going strong. I've added my own to the mix, a white one on the side of the house. Will the people who come after me know my name, or why I planted a white one?Yesterday, a dvd from Netflix arrived in the mail. It was...

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Time With Friends

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Mind, Spirit

April 21, 2010 14:49

Yesterday, some elderly friends of mine returned to Maryland after spending the winter in Florida. This year, it was cold down there for much of the time, and they were excited to come north.I've known this couple for nearly twenty years, and they are faithful friends. I have watched them grow old, and now they are beginning to struggle with their health. Their friends are dying off, several...

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Catching Up

Tags: Uncategorized

April 20, 2010 06:01

I took a little time off from work yesterday in an attempt to catch up on some personal things. The grass growing season is in full swing. Having been cut just four days before, it was already time for the next trim. The first round of edging was needed, along with some general clean-up. As I was racing through the yard, I stopped to see how beautiful this little Bleeding Heart's (Dicentra)...

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Mission Accomplished

Tags: Main-course, Vegetarian

April 18, 2010 06:23

This photo was taken last night at my house. It's a big bowl of Pasta Primavera, enough to feed about 10 people. My five guests and I did a good job, but there was quite a bit left. Leftovers for the next couple of days!For those that didn't read my earlier posts, this dinner was the first of many "sacred feasts" I hope to host once a month going forward. The idea came to me in prayer, and my...

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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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