Jesus was God’s gift of love to the world. If you would appreciate His character, Observe that of His mother.
Jesus is Mary’s child,
And thus in Him there is no harshness or haughtiness or anything but love.
We wish you love this Christmas season.
Sisters Rosemarie Greco, DW
and the Wisdom House community
Text: from The Love of Eternal Wisdom: A Revisioning of
Saint Louis de Monfort’s Contemplation on Divine Wisdom,
#118, Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Cover image: The Madonna of Einsedeln, Switzerland.
Photo credit: Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP
Seeing our lives as a unit and living wholistically was the theme of a recent retreat at Wisdom House. With the Farm House as the setting, this group of women experienced a weekend of personal spiritual renewal. The weekend was facilitated by Judith Erhman Shapiro.
The joyous festival of Hanukkah begins on 25 Kislev of the Jewish calendar. It celebrates two miracles – a great Jewish military victory and a miraculous supply of oil for the Temple.
We celebrate Hanukkah – also called the Festival of Lights – for eight days. The Hanukkahmenorah holds nine candles, one for each of the eight nights and an additional candle that’s used to light the others. One candle is lit on the first night, two on the second night, until all eight candles are lit on the eighth night. Hanukkah is a time to celebrate with family and friends, to eat holiday treats, to give gifts (especially to children) and to play the dreidel game.
Hanukkah will be celebrated from December 6 – 14, 2015
Women's Guild of Sts. John and Paul Parish in Larchmont, NY and the Women's
Guild from St. Augustine's Parish in Larchmont gave this year's Woman of Spirit
Award at a luncheon at the Larchmont Yacht Club.
Sparkill Dominican Sr. Muriel Cooney, OP (left) was
honored for her ministry at St. Augustine's Parish, andSr. Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP (right) accepted the
award for her community, the Dominican Sisters of Hope, for their service at
Sts. John and Paul Parish over the years. Sr.Jo-Annserved in Sts.
John and Paul from 1969-1974.
On November 13-15, 2015, come join Judith Ehrman-Shapiro,
dance movement therapist and wellness educator, for a weekend of guided
meditation, spiritual reading, meditative movement and other methods of
centering to develop self-compassion.
Let ours be a time remembered for the
awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve
sustainability,the quickening of the
struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.
What can you
do to minimize that cash drain? Get organized! That’s right. You can reduce the
number of gallons of gas you burn if you follow these simple tips.
your errands. Make a list of your errands, then organize them into a travel
plan. Write down all your errands and
then think what stops are near each other so you can create a gas-saving route
a shopping list handy. Create a running shopping list on your fridge, in your office,
and in your storage area where you store bulk items like paper towels or reams
of paper. Writing a list to shop with will prevent you from forgetting items. 3.Don’t
duplicate your purchases. If you keep similar items together, you will reduce the chances
of misplacing or losing items and repurchasing them unnecessarily. 4.Stay
home and organize. Tackle the area of your home you tend to ignore, and get it
organized. You will be doing something highly productive without driving
a family organizing time. Get your whole family involved and have organizing mornings or
nights. Together, organize a room that everyone uses, like the family room or
kitchen. Make it
fun–turn on the music or plan a reward for completion like watching a moving
afterwards or playing your favorite board game.
your nest! Stay home just to enjoy your own beautiful surroundings. Yes,
there are many places to go, but when it comes to family and leisure time, your
home is a wonderful sanctuary. An organized dwelling provides calmness, security, and peace of
mind with plenty of space for fun activities or simply relaxing.
The group of women attending the Self-Care Saturday
program had many opportunities to laugh, unwind, walk Wisdom House's labyrinth,
enjoy each other's company, and get tips for leading a more balanced life. Yoga
instructor and facilitator of the day, Gabriele Davis of Litchfield, led the
group in the life-enhancing activities.
Ilia Delio, OSF, presented a challenging retreat day
on God, evolution, and the power of love on September 26th. The audience of more
than 140 people were presentedhorizon-expanding information about the interconnectedness of all
creation - how we are related to each other and to the Creator of all.
To view a brief video presenting an overview of her
topic, click on the Video section of our homepage at www.wisdomhouse.org.
With great enthusiasm, Ursula King, Ph.D., presented a
program at Wisdom House that focused on the life and teachings of Pierre
Teilhard de Chardin, a 20th Century Jesuit priest, scientist, and mystic. It was
titled, "Living in the Divine Milieu." Coming to us from Bristol,
England, she presented Chardin's desire to make known the presence of God in
all creation. His work as a paleontologist brought him in touch with God's
special presence among us in the very earth on which we live and on which we
walk. A video of Dr. King speaking about the program can be accessed from our
homepage www.wisdomhouse.orgunder "Videos."
The East Litchfield Village ImprovementSocietymet at Wisdom House recently to learn more about the history of this
section of Litchfield. The presentation was given by Rachel Carley, local
Architectural Historian. She presented a talk with images from the architectural
survey of the northeast quadrant, which recounted the rich history of Litchfield
that she recently completed for the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust.
One of the completed survey forms is posted on the
reception and dinner on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, Wisdom House held its
17th annual Wisdom Award celebration. This year's recipients were Susan and
Timothy Cook, who were honored for Serving with Compassion and William G.
Harding for being an Energizer of Community.
The Marie Louise
Trichet Art Gallery at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center will open an
exhibit titled "May 4, 1970 (after Goya and Picasso)" by Salvatore
Gulino on Sunday, from 3-5 pm.
consists of only one painting. The artist has borrowed images from two masters,
Francisco de Goya and Pablo Picasso, to depict the deep personal impact the
historical event of the 1970 Kent State shootings had upon the artist. The
piece became the impetus that unleashed what would become his future signature
style of painting, which is referred to as appropriation art or the art of
The public is invited to the artist talk held at 3:30
pm and followed by a reception.
Rosh Hashanah is “Head (rosh) Changing (shenah) Day.” It begins at sundown on September
13, 2015. You can’t have a new year
with an old head. So if you want a new year, you are going to need to get a new
head. A new head is a story-free head. Your stories define you. If your stories
are positive and loving, then you are optimistic and loving. If your stories
are negative and fearful, then you are angry and afraid. Regardless of their
emotional charge, however, stories are not reality. A new head is story-free. A new head engages reality with compassionate
curiosity, going into what is without the baggage of what was or what is
supposed to be. If you want a new head, identify the stories you carry with you. Ask
yourself: “Am I absolutely certain this story is true?” “How does telling this
story make me feel?” If you are telling stories you don’t know to be true, stop telling them.
If telling your stories makes you anything other than just, kind, and humble,
stop telling them. In fact, stop telling stories altogether. Who are you without your story? You don’t know, and not knowing is the
key to having a new head. Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning poet and essayist, whose
liturgical writings are used in prayer services throughout North America. www.rabbirami.com Rabbi Rami is a frequent
program presenter at Wisdom House. His next retreat will be July 15- 17, 2016.
For further details, visit www.wisdomhouse.org.
Chase Collegiate School Leadership met recently at Wisdom
House to prepare for the school year ahead. Their retreat involved the team
reviewing the past year's accomplishmentsand areas to grow, as well as setting team goals for 2015-2016.The team focused on innovative programs and design thinking on the campus and Chase brand.
The Chase Mission
statement is: 'We educate tomorrow's leaders and inspire in each student a
life-long passion for learning, personal achievement, and contribution to the
Author Julia Lee Barclay-Morton of New York City recently had the opportunity to be at Wisdom House to put the finishing touches
on her work in progress, "The Amazing True Imaginary Autobiography of
Dick and Jani."
"This is a book about my grandmothers, both born during WWI before women
could vote. They were women of modest means but with outsized dreams. They cut
two very different paths through the 20th Century. The book is a study in
contrasts between the soul-crushing cost of Dick's conformity versus the price
of Jani's flamboyant rebellion."
Lisa Blanchette, an art educator from Bow, New Hampshire, took time this summer to come to Wisdom House to experiment on some new techniques in her work.
She writes, "Wisdom House's pristine environment was
conducive to creative work. The food and staff are amazing. I was grateful to
have the space I needed and the opportunity to interact with other guests also
here for an artist retreat time."
"We continually try to get away from pain by
seeking pleasure, and in doing so, we just keep going around and around. I'm so hot I open all the windows, and then I'm so cold I
put on a sweater. Then it itches, so I put cream on my arms, andthen that's sticky, so I go take a bath, and
on and on.
We are always trying to get out of the boiling pot into
some kind of coolness, always trying to escape and therefore never really fully
settling down and appreciating.
That's called 'samsara.' In other words, we're always
working in that framework of trying to get comfortable through political
beliefs and philosophies and religions and everything, trying to gain pleasure
in all that occurs."
Michael Ciervo of
Hartford, CT recently took advantage of the Wisdom House Writers
Fellowship to spend a weekend at Wisdom House working on some short stories and
poetry he has in progress. Mike is a student at Central Connecticut State
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving through the Beatrice Fox
Auerbach Fund makes it possible for Wisdom House to offer this opportunity to
college students who could not normally be able to pay for this writers
residency experience. CCSU is one of several colleges which recommend students
to us for this experience.
New Corian table tops were installed in the dining rooms at Wisdom House. They were created by Michael Mirabilio and installed by him and Patrick Garahan. These beautiful table tops enhance the dining experience at Wisdom's table. Come and see for yourself!
Several generous donors made this improvement possible. We are grateful.
Sr. Rosemarie Greco and Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti were part of the design team
for the 2016 QUEST Lent/Easter reflection booklet put out by the Small
Christian Community Officeof the
Archdiocese of Hartford. For information about this ministry, visit www.sccquest.org.
They have been members of a number of design teams over
the past 10 years.
Recently the Litchfield County Women's Network met
for dinner at Wisdom House. Besidestheir business meeting, the group took a tour of Wisdom House which
included an experience of walking the labyrinth and visiting the present exhibit
in the Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery.
Wisdom House hosted the program "To Whom I May
Concern" on Saturday, June 13. This was an interactive program with
persons who are at various stages of awareness of having Alzheimer's related
illnesses. The presenters shared their stories with humor and honesty. The
audience conversation with the presenters brought insights into the challenges
they face each day.