Friday, December 30, 2011

Who Is This Woman?

Photo by Wendy Carlson
Who Is This Woman?
 

Who is this woman who talks to angels

   and is on familiar terms with divinity?

In the fullness of time,

 She bore the fullness of grace.

The shepherds went in haste,

 And found the angels’ proclamation true.


  All were there as they had been told,

    Maiden mother, mentor, and male child.

Those who heard of it were amazed.


Mary looked on in gratitude.

   The silence in her heart

Held the past and the future

     In a balance.


Eight days passed before marking him,

    Naming him,

Whose future pulls us forward. 


Who is this woman

   Who dared to say “Yes”

And, now holds eternal vulnerability

   In her lap?   



                                          Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP                 




Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Birth of Jesus

How beautiful is Jesus, Wisdom Incarnate.

He, like Wisdom whom he embodies, is the brightness of God, The unstained mirror of the Divine Reflecting all in God and God in all.




(Excerpt # 126, The Love of Eternal Wisdom: A Revisioning of Saint Louise DeMontfort's Contemplation on Divine Wisdom, Rabbi Rami Shapiro.  Book available through Wisdom House, $5 includes shipping.  Wisdom House, 229 E Litchfield Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759 / 860-567-3163 / rg@wisdomhouse.org)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Incarnate Wisdom is Born

Wisdom entered time as time:
Entered creation as creativity;

And walked among us as many, but none more filled with Her than Jesus

Of Whom the Ineffable said, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).

To know Him as Wisdom
Is to know Him as the Apostles knew Him at His Transfiguration:

“Light radiant, sublime, immense, unlimited, Older than heaven and chaos” (Hymn of Transfiguration).

That is, they knew Him as Her, Eternal Wisdom,

She who is illustrious, high, immense, infinite, and older than the universe.



Blessed Christmas and holy peace to all.


(Excerpt #19, The Love of Eternal Wisdom: A Revisioning of Saint Louise DeMontfort’s Contemplation  on Divine Wisdom, Rabbi Rami Shapiro.  Book available through Wisdom House, $5 includes shipping. Wisdom House, 229 E Litchfield Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759 / 860-567-3163 / rg@wisdomhouse.org)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Song, Scripture, and Silence in the Manner of Taizè



The Advent retreat, "Song, Scripture, and Silence in the manner of Taizè," was led by Melinda and Bruce Gardiner, Dec. 2-4 in the Farm House at Wisdom House. Periods of teaching, silence, and chanting, using the music of the community of Taizè, France, provided the rhythm of the retreat.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Unthinkable



Unthinkable



 
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


wife?"




"Impossible!"  she  pro-
 

tested.


"Exactly,"  he  smiled.



                                                                               Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP

Saturday, December 17, 2011

O WISDOM

COME AND TEACH US YOUR WAY

The beginning of the O Antiphons, December 17



Eternal Wisdom brings delight and satisfaction,
And the wise are filled with joy.
They do not condemn this world,
But seek to heal it.
Wisdom and those who teach Her
Pour out joy, sweetness, and peace into the world,
So that even in times of great trial the wise can say,
My joy is boundless even in the midst of my suffering ( II Corinthians 7:4)
Let Eternal Wisdom be your friend,
For there is “great delight in her friendship” (Wisdom 8:18)

(Excerpt #98, The Love of Eternal Wisdom: A Revisioning of Saint Louis DeMontfort’s Contemplation on Divine Wisdom, Rabbi Rami Shapiro. Book available through Wisdom House, $5 includes shipping.) Wisdom House, 229 E Litchfield Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759 / 860-567-3163/ rg@wisdomhouse.org

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Knowing Wisdom

Wisdom is the source of all consolation.

To know Her is to know intimate sweetness.

To draw near to Her is to draw near to the Nameless

From whom She arises and before whom she plays ( Proverbs 8:22).


And yet we do not draw near for our sake.

But for Hers,

And thus the more we long for Wisdom,

The more we listen to Her,

The more we are compelled to teach Her ways,

And to celebrate the teachings of others, especially Jesus Christ,

Who is the human incarnation of Wisdom.





(Excerpt, #10 from The Love of Eternal Wisdom: A Revisioning of Saint Louis DeMontfort’s Contemplation on Divine Wisdom by Rabbi Rami Shapiro. Book is available through Wisdom House for a minimum donation of $5, includes shipping.)
Wisdom House, 229 E Litchfield Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759 / 860-567-3163 /
rg@wisdomhouse.org

Monday, December 12, 2011

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mary is the Tree of Life and Jesus Her fruit.

If it is the fruit you desire,

It is the tree you must cultivate.

Whoever desires to have Jesus must first have Mary.

While Mary isn’t Incarnate Wisdom,

She is the Mother of Incarnate Wisdom,

And as such She has influence over Him

In ways that only mothers can.

Mary  gives Him to whom She wills,

And births Him daily in the souls of those She deems worthy.



(Excerpt #204-205, The Love of Eternal Wisdom: A Revisioning of Saint Louis DeMontfort’s Contemplation on Divine Wisdom, Rabbi Rami Shapiro.  Book available through Wisdom House for donation of $5, shipping included)
Wisdom House, 229 E Litchfield Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759 / 860-567-3173 / rg@wisdomhouse.org

Friday, December 9, 2011

Matthew Titley

Matthew Titley, Wisdom House’s Information Technician (IT),
at work on one of the retreat center’s computers.

Over the recent years, Matthew Titley has upgraded the center’s server, installed wi-fi, designed the newsletter template, and provided data backup services for our e-commerce system. His company, SOS Consulting, of which Matt is president, also hosts our web site, internet newsletter, and email services for Wisdom House. Often, problems have been solved with remote access to our computers which keeps computer communications flowing.

Matt is a great teacher and is very patient. He is a gift to Wisdom House.  Visit his company at www.specialops.com

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Reflection on the Gospel of Luke 21:12-19

In these days of instant foods, instant digital photos, instant communication and even instant winners, it can seem obsolete to talk about perseverance.  So much of life around us has us moving on the "fast track" and expecting immediate results.  Yet, God's creation, including ourselves, gives evidence that much of life is a gradual process.  Living, changing, healing, growing, forgiving, loving and all the vital signs of life take time, patience and perseverance.  Being patient and persevering amid enduring situations can be some of life's more difficult challenges.


As we look back over the past year, we may want to review our lives and try to identify the times where we had to be patient and persevere in practicing our Christian way of life.  In fact, as we come to the close of this year, it would be good to make a review of our lives over the past months.  In this gospel, Jesus tells us that following him will not always be easy.  People will not always agree with the way Christians are called to behave.  The Beatitudes are a summary of the way Jesus asks Christians to act:  he asks for simple living, peacemaking, care for others, respect for creation and love of God and neighbor.  Jesus adds to this, expect be persecuted and disliked by others because we follow him. Not everyone will “friend” us!  In the words of this gospel:  "They will seize and persecute you…". 

            The key word to hear in this gospel is "perseverance."  To persevere is to "hold fast" to the Word of God knowing that in time, fruit will come forth.  Patience is needed as we persevere and for this, we often need to rely on God's strength to help us persevere and not fall into hostile ways.  When difficulties come to us, they can be turned into positive situations for the believer.  By our perseverance, we become witnesses to the fullness of Christian life which entails suffering as well as joy.  In the early church, Christian witness often meant martyrdom.  This act of persevering in one's belief was considered admirable. Early Christians believed that the seed of faith is watered by the blood of the martyrs.

Christian witness continues today with a type of martyrdom that brings death to our impulse to have instant results.  When we want to solve dilemmas immediately, or do something to make everything right, especially in relationships, we need to remember that healing takes time.  All things of value take time, patience and perseverance.  Let us take encouragement from the words of Jesus:  "By your perseverance you will secure your lives."


Rosemarie Greco, DW


(Edited version of homily published 2011 by Faith Catholic, Lansing, MI. Printed with permission.)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Advent: Seek Wisdom and Jesus, Incarnate Wisdom

Wisdom dwells with God, and is God’s Beloved (Wisdom 8:3).

If it is God you desire, let it be Wisdom you seek, For She is true God.

Wisdom is the knowledge of God
And to know Her is to know Him as well (Wisdom 8:4).

Wisdom is known through both form and formlessness.
For some the form is the easier gateway to Her,
For others the formless.
For those who prefer the form,
There is no greater form than Jesus, Wisdom Incarnate.



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