Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Advent: Seek Wisdom

I, Solomon, adored Wisdom from my youth
And desired to be Her lover
(Wisdom 8:2)


Seek Her now, and wait no longer.
Seek Her spiritually and do not become entrapped in materialism.
Seek Her unwaveringly, and do not stop until She is found.

(Excerpt from The Love of Eternal Wisdom: A Revisioning of Saint Louis DeMontfort’s Contemplation on Divine Wisdom.  Rabbi Rami Shapiro, www.rabbirami.com)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The season of Advent invites us to desire Divine Wisdom


Wisdom embraces infinity, and orders all things sweetly. (Wisdom 8:1)

Let those who love Her
Place no barriers between themselves and others,
But rather seek an order that is a delight to all.

(Excerpt from The Love of Eternal Wisdom: A Revisioning of Saint Louis DeMontfort’s Contemplation on Divine Wisdom.  Rabbi Rami Shapiro.)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thread Artists Come to Wisdom House



Recently two group of thread artists, Common Thread and the Quadrille Quilters, came to Wisdom House to work on their works-in-progress. Their artistry filled the house with wonder at what their skills produced!

 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Scripture reflection for the Feast of Christ the King

Based on Scripture readings:
Ezekiel 34, 11-17
1 Corinthians 15, 20-28
Matthew 25, 31-46

           There is a story about American missionaries in August, 1977 who stayed with a group of nuns in a convent in Nairobi, Africa.  One morning at breakfast, the Americans were greeted with the news, “Your king has died.”  Because of the puzzled look on their faces, the nun repeated, “Your king has died.”  Finally, the bearer of this confusing and surprising news said, “Elvis Presley, your king of rock, has died.”

This is a good illustration of the fact that the same words don’t always carry the same meaning in all cultures.  In different contexts they express different meanings.

This November we celebrate the last Sunday of the church’s liturgical year.  We name it the feast of Christ the King.  Despite the efforts of some, Jesus Christ is not a king in the realm of the entertainment world.  Nor is he one who rules over us in the political sense.  He is the ruler we think of when we set up the standard by which to measure our Christian life.  His life is the standard of compassion, justice, and generosity by which we measure our lives.  Just how has he influenced your values, your actions and even your dreams this year?

We discover his path in the gospels.  We learn what ruled him and how he built his life around that.  We learn how he hastened in prayer to his Father, and how he defended those undervalued by society.  This list is a long one:  lepers, tax collectors, women and children, prostitutes, the poor.

 “Jesus of the People” by Janet McKenzie
He reached out to them as he reached out to us.  He moves them to follow him and to live and love in the same way he did.  His was a life of invitation.  His was an open life.  In this he found his joy.  In this he also discovered suffering.  His path leads to the fullness of life.

How fully do we take into our lives the patterns that ruled his life?  This feast invites us to welcome Christ more deeply into our hearts and into our lives.  We do this when we welcome him in our neighbors, in the poor, in the sick and homebound, in the youngest among us.

Jesus is our dependable measure.  Let us live gratefully with him as our rule of life, as the standard, we use for seeking and living the fullest of lives!

                                      Rosemarie Greco, DW



This was previously published in Quest (Fall 2008), a reflection booklet of the Pastoral Dept. for Small Christian Communities (www.sccquest.org), a service of the Archdiocese of Hartford, CT.

Printed with permission.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

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

Click here for more information.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Confident Edge Academy Offers an Alternative Approach


Christine Durham, the founder and director of Confident Edge Academy in Bloomfield, CT, is interviewed by Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP, Wisdom Correspondent for "Rich Answers," a weekly radio program sponsored by The Conference of Churches in Hartford.  It airs on WRCH 100.5 FM every Sunday morning from 5:30 am - 6:30 am.

The academy offers extended help in enhancing the academic and social skills of youth (PreK - 8th Grade) in the Hartford area in reading, writing, and mathematics Monday-Thursday 3:00pm-6:00pm.  On Saturdays, youth explore various interests including dance, drama, science, culture, civics, art, horseback riding, and more.

For more information, contact Ms. Durham at ConfidentEdgecyd@sbcglobal.net or 860-243-5414.

To listen to the audio from this interview, please click here.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Casagrande Interfaith Conversation


This year's Casagrande Interfaith Institute for Interfaith Conversation took place Oct. 28-30. The theme was Prayer in the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim traditions. Rev. Robley Whitson spoke about "Prayer in the 21st Century," Rev. Dr. Shelley Best spoke about Christian Pentecostal Prayer, Rabbi Michal Woll spoke about the prayer in the Jewish tradition, and Refai Arefin spoke about Islam and prayer. Author Jon Sweeney gave an evening presentation on "Praying With Our Hands."

The hope of this year's institute was to foster an appreciation of the desire for God as expressed through prayer in the Abrahamic traditions. 

The institute and the historic October snowstorm made simultaneous appearances!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

2011 Wisdom Award


The 2011 Wisdom Award was given to Catherine and Gregory Oneglia and Roderic Oneglia, each of Litchfield, CT.  Catherine and Gregory were honored as "Partners in Service" and Roderic was honored as a "Community Builder."
 
The award is given by the Daughters of Wisdom through Wisdom House to honor individuals, who through their lives of service, give witness to Divine Wisdom.  The award acknowledges the Divine Presence as expressed in works of creativity, education, hospitality, justice, generosity, outreach to those who are vulnerable, and in efforts to created community.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Volunteers help with Wisdom House labyrinth


Students and faculty from The Taft School came to Wisdom House to do a final fall weeding of the labyrinth.  Annually, students and faculty volunteer time to help us get the labyrinth ready before winter sets in.  Those helping this year were Michelle Hudson, Ava Mennin, faculty member Louetta Chickadaunce, and Josh Grossman.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Northend Agent's Newspaper: Agent for Change



Yolanda Allen, editor of the Northend Agent's, recently was interviewed by Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP, Wisdom Correspondent for the Conference of Churches' weekly radio show, "Rich Answers," aired on Sunday morning 5:30 am-6:30 am on WRCH 100.5 FM.

The Northend Agent's newspaper is Connecticut's largest African American newspaper.  Originally designed to focus on the Greater Hartford area, its information and commentaries are respected  resource nationwide. One of its most recent auxiliary publications is The REAL - Real Talk and Real Teens.

The REAL provides an opportunity to showcase and share the work of talented young writers.

For more information about both of these publications, visit www.northendagents.com.

To listen to the audio from this interview, please click here.