Tuesday, January 31, 2012

God Alone

"Dieu Seul" ("God Alone") was the motto of Saint Louis de Montfort.

He and Blessed Marie Louise Trichet were the co-founders of the congregation of the Daughters of Wisdom.  The founding date of the congregation was February 2, 1703.

For information about the Daughters of Wisdom visit www.daughtersofwisdom.org  and for the international site for Les Filles de la Sagesse, visit www.fdlsagesse.org

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Seekers of Wisdom

Seekers of Wisdom come in many guises.

There are self-transcending cedars

Whose hearts rise to heaven.

There are contemplative cypress

Focusing on life's impermanence.

There are roses who draw blood

Even from those they love.

There are the soil holding trees by the river Who bind the community together.

And there are the wide-branched terebinth Who shield many from the burning sun.

And Wisdom desires them all..                

Excerpt #29, The Love Of Eternal Wisdom: A Revisioning of Saint Louis DeMontfort's Contemplation on Divine Wisdom, Rabbi Rami Shapiro.  Book available through Wisdom House, info@wisdomhouse.org. $5 includes shipping.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Early Music Concert

Pictured from left to right are: Larry Zukof, Karen Snowberg, Susan Iadone, Larry Lipnik, and Heloise Degrugillier.

The Susan Iadone Recorder workshop met at Wisdom House January 6-8.  Twenty-seven recorder artists met to refine their skills and enjoy the community of artists gathered for the weekend. The weekend culminated with an Early Music Concert given by the faculty.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Village Zendo Winter Retreat

Members of The Village Zendo from New York City made their annual winter silent retreat at Wisdom House from December 26 - January 1. This year they studied the Lotus Sutra and daily offered service at Wisdom House in a variety of ways.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

      Martin Luther King, Jr . (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

For more information on King’s life and vision visit www.TheKingCenter.org.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Shawl Knitting Ministry

Daughter of Wisdom Patricia Schmidt speaks with Sr. Rosemarie Greco, DW, about her service in Shawl Knitting Ministry. This ministry is a healing ministry wherein people knit shawls, pray over the shawl, and give them to people who need healing and support in difficult situations, or who want a blessing for a joyful event. This ministry of compassion was begun by Janet Bristow in 1998.
For more information, visit www.shawlministry.com. The interview will be aired on The Conference of Churches program, "Rich Answers." The program runs on Sunday morning on WRCH 100.5 FM.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Getty Center Abstractions: Photography of Richard Wanderman

The exhibit, Getty Center Abstractions: Photography of Richard Wanderman, opened at the Marie Louise Trichet Gallery at Wisdom House on January 7. The exhibit runs through April 14. 

Photographer Richard Wanderman speaks about his works here.

Monday, January 9, 2012

It's in the Air

I have a secret belief. It’s not related to any religion. It’s a belief I’ve had for many years and never been disappointed by it nor had it disproved as incorrect.

Simply stated: I believe that every Sunday, somewhere in The New York Times newspaper, I will find something that will add to or support my own spiritual growth. It rarely is found in an article about religion. It might be in the sports section, the business section, or the obituaries. Very often, something is in the arts section, sometimes the real estate section, and then there isalways the book review or the magazine.

Two weekends ago, it happened again. On Sunday, January 1, 2012 there they were: two articles – one in the op-ed (Sunday Review) and the other was in the travel section. Ironically, each had to do with the same theme: the need for silence in our lives.

In the travel section, the article dealt with a woman’s need for “a solid period of quiet.” The 43-year-old mother of three, as the article put it, “needed (somewhere) to recombobulate. Cheaply.” Her searching brought her to a Jesuit-run retreat house where she had time to herself to examine her life with the help of a spiritual director and sort out where her life had brought her.

The second article took the front and center spot of The Sunday Review section. The article was titled, “The Joy of Quiet.” It dealt with our need for quiet in our ever-demanding and intrusive world of technology. Our technology swallows up our attention at every turn and tap of an app!

We experience our world through a screen. The average American spends at least eight and a half hours hunched over, “bowing before,” one every day. That which was supposed to have freed us has enslaved us – or so it seems. Ironically the author concludes (and has research to back it up) that it’s our immersion in the natural world, listening to nature, that heals us and makes us more attentive to the rest of our lives.

I pass this on because finding these two articles was like getting a double hitter for myself. It renewed my belief in my “Sunday practice.” It reminded me of all the people I meet through Wisdom House who have the same pressures and the same yearnings. It reinforced my belief that this need is “in the air.”

And now all I have to do is to click the Send button to share this reflection with my closest 2000 friends! And, after that, Shut Down. Take a walk outside.

Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Marianne Durand Balding renews promises as an Associate of Wisdom

Marianne Durand Balding renews her promises as an Associate of Wisdom during a gathering of the Tidewater Sowers of Justice.  Daughters of Wisdom Margaret McCabe and Marilyn Lieber presented Marianne with a copy of The Love of Eternal Wisdom: A Revisioning of Saint Louise DeMontfort’s Contemplation on Divine Wisdom by Rabbi Rami Shapiro.

Marianne is a Geriatric Family Nurse, a graduate of Norfolk Catholic High School (VA) and Maryview Hospital School of Nursing.  She is an active legislative advocate for the poor and marginated and a participant in “Empower Hampton Roads,” a regional interfaith coalition of 30 Congregations that join forces to deal with justice issues (see www.gamaliel.org).

For more information about the Daughters of Wisdom and the Associates of Wisdom, visit www.daughtersofwisdom.org . For a copy of The Love of Eternal Wisdom: A Revisioning…. contact info@wisdomhouse.org.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Seek Wisdom

Wisdom is an undying fire seen by all who love Her,

  And found by all who seek Her....

The beginning of wisdom is the desire for Wisdom,

   And this desire, when transformed into action, is love; And love is lived through the Way....

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

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Beginnings

On 1/1/12, Sr. Rosemarie Greco, DW, and Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP, discussed 'New Beginnings.'

Click here to listen to the podcast. There may be a delay as the streaming audio loads.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Courageous Community Leadership Program

Participants in the "Courageous Community Leadership Program" met several times this year in the Farm House.  With the support of Bill Graustein, Heidi Brooks, and David Carter (who lead this program), the group focuses on leadership effectiveness.  Learn more about the Fund at www.wcgmf.org.