Monday, December 27, 2010

Come in from the Cold

Come In From the Cold


"Wisdom and Warmth, and a signal! Thanks for your hospitality on a cold Advent morning spent successfully shaping an image for my Christmas sermon in the quiet peace of Wisdom House."

Pastor Bill Carter
St. Matthew Lutheran Church
Avon, CT

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, come to Wisdom House for a quiet place to read, reflect, write, and pray. Coffee and tea are available. Visit the Wisdom House Chapel and the MLT Gallery. BYOL--bring your own laptop!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Perfect Day

This January, 1985 cover of The New Yorker magazine had no title. Maybe it should be: The Makings of a Perfect Day.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Young Christmas Ornament Designer Visits Wisdom House

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

Litchfield's Parks and Recreation Department's Christmas Ornament Honors Wisdom House

Litchfield Parks and Recreation's long tradition of creating ornaments using local subjects continues with this year's ornament honoring Wisdom House. The ornaments have been a Litchfield tradition for 20 years. They are struck at the world-famous foundry of Woodbury Pewter in Woodbury, Connecticut.

Litchfield High School senior, Melanie Torres submitted the winning drawing from all the other budding artists in Mrs. Barbara Salinger's art classes. Melanie enjoys drawing and photography and she hopes to study engineering and computer science in college.

Pictured here are Mrs. Barbara Salinger(l), Melanie Torres(center) and Sr. Rosemarie Greco, DW, Administrator of Wisdom House (r).

The ornaments are offered for sale at the Litchfield Town Hall, the Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield Parks and Recreation, and at Wisdom House for $10 each.

Sunday, December 12, 2010


The angelic body bowed low

in adoration

Before the woman soon-to-be-

with child.

"Blessed," he called her.

"Why?" she asked.

"Chosen," was his answer.

He waited. She wondered.

"How? Not now," she said.

"God changes time," said

the messenger.

"A son but no husband?

A mother before

being a


"Impossible!" she pro-


"Exactly," he smiled.

Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Have you been to a shopping mall lately? The malls are filled with holiday festivity, providing an environment that quickly transports us from Thanksgiving to Christmas. When we go to the mall to shop, we accept the consequences of waiting on long lines. We wait—and the waiting might be a calm, resigned wait or a stressful one.

Waiting with patience is really a sign of this season which the Christian church calls Advent. We wait with joyful expectation for something good to happen and for someone special to come into our midst.

There are no long lines or impatience in this kind of waiting. In fact, sometimes the waiting is done quietly, with reflection and prayer. Even in the natural world, we wait for the dawn of light because the darkness comes so early. Now, we wait for Christ to come again and show himself in our midst.

Let us be awakened as we wait, and in this awakening may we recognize the signs of ope, light, and of God among us.

Rosemarie Greco, DW

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Advent Lessons and Carols

On Sunday, December 5, Advent Lessons and Carols at St Michael’s Parish, Litchfield, CT was an inspiring experience of community and worship. As a preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ, this service of Christian worship, which dates back to the late 19th century, invited the community to focus on the meaning of Christmas. Scripture readings from Genesis, the Prophets and the Gospels were interwoven with hymns and medieval carols.

The service of Lessons and Carols at St. Michael’s Church was led by Music Director Dr. Marguerite Mullee and Rector Rev.M. Jennings Matheson with organist Susan Theodos and St Michael’s Choir and Readers. The ministry of music during this service was spiritually healing and renewing. It was a perfect example of music nourishing faith.

For readings and a format for Advent Lessons and Carols, visit .

Saturday, December 11 at 8 pm, Handel’s Messiah will be performed at St Michael’s Parish. For information contact the parish at 860-567-9465 or visit

Monday, December 6, 2010

Responding to the Cycles of the Seasons

"Consider the way many plants respond to the cycles of the seasons. They shed their leaves to withstand the cold, and grow a new set when the sun and warmth return. They meet severe requirements with convertibility." (Moshe Safdie)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bringing Opposites into Harmony

Bringing opposites into harmony seems to be one of the challenges of this winter season.

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.