Monday, November 29, 2010

Advent: Resting on Sturdy Hinges

When was the last time you took time to look at the familiar things that
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
hinges on
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

Wisdom House to Present Program about Neapolitan Crèche

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

Artist Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord's Leads Workshop on Creating Spirit Books

On Saturday, November 13, 35 participants came to Wisdom House to create their own Spirit Books under the guidance of artist Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord. Ms. Gaylord presently has an exhibit in the Marie Louise Trichet Gallery at Wisdom House of 12 of her handmade books from her 50-book series titled, "Spirit Books."

Participants used natural elements from the grounds of Wisdom House along with special paper and decorative pieces small and large brought by Ms. Gaylord.

It was exciting to see the natural elements come alive again as they entered and surrounded the books-in-progress.

Besides the attached slide show, click here to access photos taken by Ms. Gaylord.

Here's a link to the photos she put on flickr. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Gift of Wisdom: Gift Certificates Toward Wisdom House Programs


Gift certificates for programs at Wisdom House are available year round.  They are especially useful as Christmas and holiday gifts.

To order a gift certificate of any amount, print this memo, send a check and your mailing address and we'll send the certificate to you.  Please make checks  payable to Wisdom House, 229 East Litchfield Road, Litchfield, CT 06759.

Your certificate will offer the gift of peace and hope into the coming year.

Any questions?  Call us at 860-567-3163 or email us at

Gift certificate amount:    $__________________________

My name and address:      __________________________



Thank you.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Last Daisy Standing

Autumn lingers on with one visitor from the last season still as fresh as
the day she bloomed.

Behold the resilient daisy!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Letting Go When we are Let Go

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

Casagrande Institute for Interfaith Conversation: Money and Faith

On October 29 - 30, the 12th Casagrande Institute for Interfaith Conversation took place at Wisdom House. The theme was "Money and Faith." The interfaith panel of Barbara Cohen, Mufti Ikram-UL Haq, Rev. Terry Marie Wysong spoke to the role of money in their spiritual traditions. Margaret Shea Mc Carthy, MBA gave an introduction to money: its story, purpose, and function in society down the ages.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rich Answers: Nancy Wynn, Director of The Clare Gallery in Hartford

Recently, Sr. Rosemarie Greco interviewed Nancy Wynn, director of The Clare Gallery, located in The Franciscan Urban Center of St. Patrick-St.Anthony Church in Hartford. The gallery is one of many outreaches of the parish, originating in 1829 as Connecticut's first Roman Catholic Church.

The interview was aired as the Wisdom segment of The Conference of Churches radio program, "Rich Answers." The program airs on WRCH 100.5 FM every Sunday morning from 5:30 - 6:30 am. Sr. Rosemarie and Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP are the Wisdom Correspondents for this program.

For more information about the many ministries at St.Patrick-St.Anthony Church, visit