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Today's meditation from prayasyougo.org is one of the most powerful things I've ever heard. If you have plans for today to be busy prepping for Easter, or just busy, don't listen to it. But if you can, take significant time today and check it out. Make sure you get the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2019 at Revs On Retreat
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Why we do what we do is often a mystery to us! Today's word from LEAD* is study, and for me the why is about growth...I want to grow deeper and wider and higher in life's purpose, life's "why", and study is part of that process. If you want to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2019 at Revs On Retreat
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THIS WAY IN-tention We are looking forward to our new venture this Lent!! With Clover Center for Arts and Spirituality we're offering a weekly experience of spiritual practices, some of which may be new to you and some familiar. Our hope is that we will all grow in the depth... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at Revs On Retreat
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The other day I picked up this broken piece of shell as I was beachcombing. Clearly it had come from a much larger conch than we usually find on that beach, and I was struck by wonder....wonder how big it was originally, wonder how it got broken, wonder how these... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Revs On Retreat
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I am privileged to be on vacation in a sunny spot, with a long sandy beach and waving palm trees (sorry, people). Yesterday the surf was fairly rough, crashing enough not to be inviting into full immersion, but giving my ankles a cooling down. I watched a starfish under the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2019 at Revs On Retreat
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In the Christian tradition, this weekend is Epiphany...revelation, insight, unveiling...as "wise men from the east" travel to find Jesus. The Wise Ones on my mantel make their way towards the holy family and make me reflect on my own journey and what Epiphany they bring this year. It is our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2019 at Revs On Retreat
At this time of year, we are often overwhelmed and over committed and over the top on a lot of stuff. Sometimes I'm not even kind to the people I love, let alone myself. And yet, as Jesus said, love others as you love yourself. That means I need to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at Revs On Retreat
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I was struck this past week by the quick change in foliage -- trees in Indiana were brilliant at the monastery where I stayed, and almost all gone in the woods an hour to the south, while in my Rochester back yard I left them green and returned to them... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at Revs On Retreat
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At our Gratitude day last week, we handed out blank calendars for November, suggesting we either write one gratitude a day leading up to Thanksgiving and beyond, or to plan out some of the days with ideas for gratitude actions. I'm not great at planning ahead, so I filled out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2018 at Revs On Retreat
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When I saw this on Facebook, I could almost feel the joy! So it's a perfect picture to remind everyone about our Day of Gratitude retreat coming up next Saturday, October 13! Momentary thankfulness is pretty easy, but developing a lifestance of gratitude is different....and as we move into a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2018 at Revs On Retreat
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We are looking forward to spending some time with colours at our September 27 evening retreat! We'll have colorful food, colorful reflections, colorful activities and maybe even a colorful sunset. Weather permitting we might even have a colorful fire (you'll just have to come and see what THAT is!). See... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at Revs On Retreat
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Our Colours of our Lives evening is September 27 Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2018 at Revs On Retreat
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Admittedly, I didn't have to get up and go to work this morning, so a sleepless night could hold this unexpected blessing in the wee hours. The moon and Mars, just visible in the photo but clear with the naked eye, shimmered over the lake and into my soul. It... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at Revs On Retreat
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This past weekend I had the privilege of meeting activist Shane Claiborne, co-founder of the intentional community called The Simple Way in Philadelphia. There is a lot of good going on through and beyond that community, and we were challenged to put our faith into action, and encouraged in what... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Revs On Retreat
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So often we put ourselves down by saying things like "I'm not an artist" or "I can't do crafts". St Benedict, however, affirmed that all of us have things we can do we didn't know we could! Last week at our time with Mercy Spirituality Center's Summer Institute, we learned... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Revs On Retreat
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Another viewpoint reminds me that my way of looking at life can sometimes be too detached....I can look at a big picture, admit its beauty and know it has some ugliness, but remain untouched. It can sometimes be a healthy point of view, for protection or to help us carry... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Revs On Retreat
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There are a variety of views from Cobbs Hill, just as there are a variety of ways of looking at life....in this picture I am aware that sometimes my dominant view is a bit distant, though I know deeply what's going on down there....the encampment of 'homeless' near the bridge....the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Revs On Retreat
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About once a week I take a walk around Cobbs Hill Reservoir in Rochester NY, always a good time to think.....today I wonder what my reservoir is filled with. Of course I'm thinkiing spiritual reservoir, but you could also think physical resources, or emotional resources....where does it come from? how... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Revs On Retreat
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Ms GPS didn't like us going off her route on Sunday, and kept telling us to do a U-turn. When we repeatedly disobeyed, she didn't give up and recalculate, but was determined we do it her way. Finally we turned her off. I'm sure there's a lesson on for all... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at Revs On Retreat
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As some of you who use Facebook may know, I recently flew from Europe to Canada and followed the plan's flight map on a screen in front of me. Pretty normal thing for long distance flights these days, but what was new to me was that the map often flipped... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Revs On Retreat
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It's a vine day today! The morning scripture reading from the Gospel of John has Jesus saying he is the Vine, and God the Vinedresser, pruning as needed so those who are branches of the vine bear fruit, a rich metaphor for the spiritual life. I am in Germany, where... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at Revs On Retreat
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At church last Sunday, our pastor, Ann Kemper, asked us, "What is the point of your faith?" After a stunned silence, some people spoke up: loving the neighbour, grace, love, eternal life, salvation.....I have to admit I was speechless (and you know that doesn't happen often). I didn't wanto be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Revs On Retreat
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this morning I shovelled the drive, and felt great about the exercise. But I came inside and found I hadn't worn my pedometer--all those steps gone unrecognised! And I was faced with a choice: stew on it, annoyed at myself, or get over it and move on, grateful for the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Revs On Retreat
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This Lent I have been moved by the connection between fasting and almsgiving. . So often we keep these separate. I will fast from processed food and use of plastics, say, and I will give some money to a homeless shelter. Two separate and good practices. Fasting might be all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at Revs On Retreat