Ice and Snow, Bless the Lord

January 23, 2016 09:34

You might have seen on the news that we're getting a bit of snow in my neck of the woods today.  Actually, it's a blizzard, and I've been outside two times already this morning, keeping a path open for my dog Smokey to take care of his business, feeding the birds, and being sure the snow is kept away from my heating system. All good and important things to do when you live in Maryland in...

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Mindfully Advent

December 21, 2015 20:47

Christmas is in a few short days.  I know, it's hard to believe, but, if you have spent some time prayerfully preparing for our remembrance of Christ's birth, then, you are probably ready.  Personally, I haven't done much shopping, but I'm not worried.  I have no doubt I'll get just the thing for everyone on my list.  Over the last few weeks, I've really focused on reading...

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The Year of Mercy

December 08, 2015 08:36

When I first heard that Pope Francis had declared that there would be a Jubilee Year of Mercy, it resonated with me.  Yes, I thought, doesn't the world need more mercy?  As I continued to reflect, I think the thing that kept running through my head was that, not only the whole world, but I also needed more mercy in my daily life.  What a difference it would make in the world if...

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Prepare the Way

November 29, 2015 19:00

Ah, Advent.  A season of joyful expectation, waiting to remember once again the birth of Jesus, our Messiah.  This year, Advent begins the weekend after Thanksgiving, and on the surface, it gives us some added quiet time to move into the season.  Unfortunately, if you turned on the news this weekend, you might have been confronted with the shopping craziness that marks the...

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The Saints Among US

November 01, 2015 16:49

In the Catholic Church, November 1st is celebrated as the Feast of All Saints, when we remember the many saints who have gone before us, now praying for us, and who provide us with a wonderful witness of holy living. 

What seems like a lifetime ago, I was a college student working on a Master's Degree in Theology.  The chapel at St. Mary's was beautiful, and the wall behind the altar...

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The Great Jubilee and Ribollita

October 03, 2015 08:11

I know, what an odd title for a blog post.  The past few days have been cold and rainy where I live, and, early this morning, I woke up thinking about an event which took place in Florence, Italy. I'll fill you in on that experience in a moment, but first, a bit about our trip, which took place exactly 15 years ago.   My family and I were traveling Italy to...

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What About You?

October 02, 2015 10:38

Last Saturday, September 26th, Pope Francis was right up the road from me, in the city of Philadelphia.  He had come to the United States just a few days before, and after visiting Washington DC and New York City, the City of Brotherly Love was his final stop on what must have been an exhausting trip.  But, you couldn't tell that by looking at him.  He seemed boundless in...

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Well Done, Faithful Servant

September 07, 2015 16:05

On Saturday night, there was  knock on my front door.  I had already gone to bed, and just as I was dozing off, my dog Smokey started barking with great gusto.  Going downstairs and turning on the outside light, I saw it was a dear priest friend.  When I opened the door to let him in, he told me that he had been calling me but I must have not heard the phone.  Well, he...

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Paleio Zucchini Fritters

August 23, 2015 14:47

I hate to say it, but I had to work yesterday and missed visiting my Farmer's Market.  Had I been there, I know that there would have been plenty of zucchini for sale, and that's pretty much true at markets everywhere.  I asked a friend of mine, who also happens to be a Personal Chef, to share a zucchini recipe this week, and here it is.  I hope you'll have a chance to try...

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Time To Get Moving

August 15, 2015 20:53

I hope it was a beautiful day for you, wherever you are!  It was gorgeous here in Maryland, and, on looking at my tomato plants, I realized it was time for a big harvest.  I have been eating ripe tomatoes just about every day for three or four weeks, and my neighbors have enjoyed my ongoing deliveries.  Today, though, I realized I had a lot to pick, so I made a pot of...

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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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