Monday, December 27, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Melanie Torres and her mother, Jackie visited Wisdom House recently for a tour of the facilities which was given by Sr. Rosemarie Greco, administratorof Wisdom House.
Melanie, a senior at Litchfield High School, designed Litchfield's town holiday ornament for 2010. Litchfield's Parks and Recreation Department chose Wisdom House as the subject for this year's piece.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Over the years we learned how to respond and balance nature's challenges.
Winter brings us cold weather and so we light our fireplaces or turn up the heat in our homes.
Winter brings us long nights and we respond by decorating our buildings with lights.
The trees outside are bare and so we surround ourselves with blossoming plants and evergreens.
It may seem like life is nowhere to be found but instinctively, we know how to bring forth light where there seems to be none.
In the harmonizing of opposites we find peace.
In the apparent absence of light we find signs of hope.
And after all, isn't that what this season is about?
May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace.
May people of peace bring you hope.
Monday, November 29, 2010
surround you? When was the last time you took time to look at a hinge?
Hinges make it possible for doors to function -
The quality and strength of the hinges
increase the function of the door.
Advent is the door through which we pass each year to prepare to remember
the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.
And, like all trustworthy doors, Advent rests on sturdy hinges. This door
Scriptural reminders of God's promise to Israel to send them a savior,
God's promise to free them from oppression
God's promise to be their God -
their guide through the ups and downs of life.
Let us hinge our preparation for Chrismas on a
strong Advent of prayer, generosity, and works of charity and
Let the hope we have be seen in the lives we live!
Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP
Friday, November 26, 2010
This famous Neapolitan Crèche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City was given to the museum by Loretta Hines Howard. Some years earlier, Mrs. Howard also gifted the Abbey of Regina Laudis with a similar crèche, which is on permanent exhibit at the Abbey in Bethlehem, Connecticut.
On Saturday, December 4, from 9:30 a.m. until- 3:30 p.m., Wisdom House will present a program about this crèche. Mother Cecilia Schullo, OSB and Sister Angèle Arbib, OSB, will speak about the history and spirituality of the crèche. After lunch, participants in the program will drive to the Abbey to see the creche, where it is on exhibit in the Bellamy Barn. For more information visit out Web site.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Gift certificates for programs at Wisdom House are available year round. They are especially useful as Christmas and holiday gifts.
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
In this season of autumn, we give thanks because the earth yields its harvest and surrounds us with abundance. As the plants surrender their fruits, providing a feast for us humans, the plants themselves become barren and they surrender to the winter season.
Creation itself is letting go of its fruit. It has completed another cycle of its life and says that we, too, will have to experience the naturalness of letting go and of not clinging to things.
In our society these days, we find that in many cases it is people who are being let go from jobgs that are so essential for their survival. It is one thing for us to let go of something we have clung to, but when we are being let go of and abruptly cut off from a source of life, the pain feels insurmountable.
Jesus says that if you love your life for His sake, you will find it. Let us pray during this season of abundance that we might use God’s gifts with care. Let us also act, offering life and support to those who have been let go, that they might soon find new life.
Rosemarie Greco, DW
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
From the Web site:
This is a day – the first one in history – dedicated to celebrating and demonstrating our inner oneness and our outer diversity, a day when the greatness of the whole is reflected in the greatness of its parts.
We invite you to join untold thousands of people in cities and villages around the world showing what it means and how great it feels to live in unity, diversity, harmony and compassion.
And if we can do it on this shared day, then there is hope that we can do it every day!
Monday, October 18, 2010
The Spirit Book Series is on exhibit at Wisdom House in Litchfield, Connecticut, until January 8, 2011. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
I will be giving a Spirit Book workshop on Saturday, November 13 from 9:30 to noon at Wisdom House. For those with bookmaking experience, it offers a chance to let go and take part in a simple project which requires only an engagement with the materials and the moment. For those without prior bookmaking or art experience, it is an excellent entry into creative exercise.
Several of the Spirit Books will be in a group show at Harbor Gallery at UMass Boston from Nov.15-Dec. 14.
Wishing you a wondrous autumn filled with the gentle light of the season.
In good spirit,
Friday, October 15, 2010
--Rosemarie Greco, DW
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Family, friends, and colleagues joined in the evening's celebration.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Tables are meant for sharing. We know of all kinds of tables: kitchen and dining room tables, computer tables, pool tables, snack tables, laboratory tables, just to name a few. Each table evokes its unique type of sharing. At some tables we share information; at others, skills at games; at still others, we share the quest and challenge for new discoveries. All of these add to the quality of our lives and draw us into unique relationships with those who share the table with us.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus is at a breakfast table with his disciples. The sharing that takes place is revealing as well as painful. The Gospel says that Jesus revealed himself to the disciples, but we are not told the substance of Jesus’ revelation. On the other hand, the questions that Jesus raises after this breakfast cause Peter to reveal something intimate and painful. In Jesus’ question to Peter, “Do you love me?” Peter is taken off guard. Peter is distressed at being asked the same question three times. He relies, “Yes, Lord, I love you.”
One would think, in this breakfast conversation, that this talk about love would lead to further talk about their relationship, their good times together, their hopes for the community and the like. The “table talk,” however, takes a seemingly strange turn. Jesus tells Peter to serve the community and immediately follows this with talk about aging and dying. These topics are typically avoided at table because they touch us at a most vulnerable point. Yet Jesus does not avoid difficult topics. He encourages us to speak about things that weigh heavy on our hearts. He supports us in our fears and anxieties. He knows what we are experiencing.
The conversation doesn’t end with this. Jesus does not expect Peter to wallow in self pity over the thoughts of debilitation as he ages or dying in a way he doesn’t plan. No, Jesus implies that we need to let go of control in our lives, be open to the subtle action of the Spirit of God in our thoughts and attitudes and, in the midst of this, get on with life and follow Jesus.
We all bring our concerns to the table. Jesus and Peter brought their concerns about commitment, service, aging and death. Tables are meant for sharing at whatever level we are able to share.
Today, now, we find ourselves at a Holy Table. This table of the Eucharist is where we find Jesus in a unique way. It is a table where we can expose our deep concerns, anxieties and fears about ourselves, the world and our loved ones. It is a table where Jesus waits for us to unburden whatever weighs heavy on our hearts. It is a table where we are nourished with the life of Jesus and the Spirit of God to go forth, follow Jesus and find the sheep.
What shall we say, today, as we approach this table?
--Rosemarie Greco, DW
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Fr. James Martin, SJ, Culture Editor of€ America magazine, presented a day retreat titled, "Laughter and the Saints: Humor, Joy, and the Spiritual Life" at Wisdom House on September 18. Over 70 people attended this retreat day and had an opportunity to take a fresh look at the importance of the role of humor in our relationship with God and our own spiritual growth.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Rosemarie Greco,DW and Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP are Wisdom Correspondents for the Conference of Churches in Hartford.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
--Rosemarie Greco, DW
(Photo: Andrew F. Ford)
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Sister Jo-Ann Iannotti's Poems and Photos on View in her Show, 'Continuous Present' at the University of Connecticut, Torrington Campus
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Friday, September 3, 2010
From Chef Gerard Hall:
I have been asked to write about why I like working at Wisdom House. Well, given that I am the chef here and loathe talking about myself, I've decided to write a metaphorical analogy about stew. As an aside, I consider myself a parochial townie with a natural curiosity about what's out there, and I'm perfectly happy to figure it out from right here. So anyway, the story goes that some 30 odd years ago a father sent his son to the grocery store to purchase the fixings for a traditional Irish stew. As the young man left the house, the father admonished his son to find the same ingredients his grandpa used to make stew. The young man asked his father why get the same ingredients? The father was almost beside himself and said, "Well don't you love your grandpa's stew?"
"Yes," replied the son.
"Well then, why shop for anything else?" asked the father.
Paradoxically, the young man left for the store without an ingredient list, but with all the ingredients necessary. Thirty odd years later, he finished shopping and ended up at a retreat house working for someone who
said, "Make it like your Grandpa's."
I do love this place and you all add spice to my stew. God bless.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Photo credit: Andrew F. Ford
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
I got more than I ever expected from my time at Wisdom House in terms of opening my mind and finding clarity as well as finding new directions in my work.
Everything was taken care of. I felt free to let go of the day-to-day 'stuff' of life in order to just focus. And the private studio space, tucked away in the corner of the building, was the perfect place to delve into my studies.
The mealtime schedule was also wonderful. I enjoyed the regular punctuation of my work schedule and the 4-5 hour blocks of time it created. The structure helped me focus. Having a light supper almost seemed to add more hours to the day.
When making arrangements for my stay, I gave little thought to meals. I was caught off-guard (often several times a day) by Chef Gerard Hall and the kitchen's absolutely superb, healthy, beautifully served meals. We abstained from speaking during my retreat while we thoroughly indulged our palates!
Monday, August 2, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The interview airs on Sunday morning, July 25 at approximately 5:50 AM. on the radio program, "Rich Answers," which is sponsored by the Conference of Churches.
For further information about Human Trafficking, visit http://www.stopenslavement.org/ . This website promotes awareness regarding human trafficking, exchanges best practices in advocacy for and empowerment of survivors of human trafficking and recommends actions to counter human trafficking.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Wisdom House Retreat Center continues the legacy of Louis de Montfort to seek wisdom in its emphasis on spirituality, education and the arts.
Friday, July 16, 2010
On Saturday, June 5, Susan Hellauer, one of the founding members of the renowned group, Anonymous 4, directed a schola of 15 participants in a performance of the original music of 12th Century German Abbess Hildegard of Bingen. On exhibit in Wisdom House Chapel were reprints of Hildegard's mystical art work.
Each evening was followed by a reception and stimulating conversation.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The interview airs on Sunday morning July 18 at approximately 5:50 am on WRCH 100.5 FM. The program, titled "Rich Answers," is sponsored by the Conference of Churches.
The Resettlement Program is part of Community Partners In Action, Inc. The program's mission is to provide long-term case management services to women released from prison to help them build a new life for themselves and their families.
For further information about the program, visit www.cpa.ct.org.
Monday, July 12, 2010
We are all born in the image of God. Living out the likeness of God is a choice. In this retreat, we will explore Biblical attributes of Lovingkindness and teachings from various faith traditions as the framework for cultivating a life of goodness. In this brief video, Rabbi Rami Shapiro reflects on the transformative power of lovingkindness.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
For more information about Barbara Fiand, SND deN, visit here.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
From June 17-20, more than 100 people attended the Fifth Biennial Conference of The Music for Healing and Transition Program, Inc. at Wisdom House. A sampling of the license plates that dotted the parking lot gives an idea of the span of visitors from the U.S.who attended the conference. The conference theme was "The Heart-Centered Musician: Expanding Horizons." For information about this organization, visit here.