Thursday, February 25, 2016

First Prize in Works on Paper

by Harvey Offenhartz
We’re happy to congratulate Harvey Offenhartz, a member of the Marie Louise Trichet Gallery Exhibition Committee, who recently won First Prize in Works on Paper at this year’s Washington Art Association’s Members’ Show. 

The curator for the show this year was artist Hugh O’Donnell.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sacred Heart College Winter Retreat

On January 22-24, Sacred Heart University conducted a winter retreat, titled “The Journey: Discover the Gem Within.” 

It was based on St. Teresa of Avila’s spiritual classic “Interior Castle.”  It featured a journey consisting of St. Teresa’s mansions, a labyrinth, and a reflection room.

Here are some photos of the journey, including a lighted labyrinth in the main room which highlighted reflection questions from each of the mansions. 

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Into the Desert - First Sunday of Lent

Luke 4:1-13


When we think of being led by the Spirit, we often consider being led into places of peace, comfort and closeness to God. When the Spirit of God is called “consoler” and “comforter,” who wouldn’t want to be led by the Spirit?

Now, on the first Sunday of Lent, we might ask if we really want to be led by the Spirit.  Now, the Spirit leads us with Jesus, into the desert. How prepared are we to take this journey for Lent?

Most of us are comfortable and “at home” in familiar surroundings with supportive and understanding people. As we begin Lent, the Gospel presents us with an uncomfortable situation.  Jesus is led into the desert and it is a place where he is not “at home.” A desert can disorient us and face us with essential life questions such as: “Who are you?” and “Who is your God?"

The Spirit leads Jesus into the desert and Satan gives him three tests.  Will he choose physical comfort or fidelity to God? Will he choose domination and power or trust in God?  Will he choose to test God or be confident that God is with him even when he is in trouble?

These temptations come to Jesus at a time when he is in “peak” spiritual condition.  Luke tells us he was “filled with the Holy Spirit” when he was led to the desert and tempted.  Even when we feel we are spiritually fortified through religious observances, devotions and spiritual practices, we, too, can become vulnerable to temptation.

This Lent, let us discover what God is doing for us with gifts of fidelity, trust and confidence in times of trouble. This was where Jesus was most “at home.”  This is why he could follow the Spirit wherever the Spirit leads. This too will be the place where we will come home to our best selves and discover the Spirit of God moving us to a life in imitation of Jesus.

 ~ Rosemarie Greco, DW

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lent Begins

With the arrival of Ash Wednesday on February 10 this year, Lent begins. Christians are faced again with the imperatives of self-discipline, self-sacrifice, giving alms, and reaching out in charity to their neighbors.

Lent is that period of 40 days in which the Christian world celebrates the foolishness of following Jesus Christ.

Ash Wednesday ranks as one of those few days in the year when Christians don't mind the foolishness of the sign of the cross.

They literally become a marked people.  They walk with ash-smudged foreheads into offices, classrooms, airports, and the streets of the city, wearing the sign of the season on their very body, praying that after it is washed off, they will live the intent of it for the next 39 days to prepare for the Easter feast!

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Wisdom House Valentine's Day Cookies

Held in a classic Ball jar, Wisdom House offers a Valentine's Day
cookie assortment. 

Orders taken until Feb. 12. 

To order, click here.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Clear Conscience

"There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience."
~French proverb

Monday, February 1, 2016

Contemplative Voices Retreat

Despite the threat of Winter Storm Jonas, women gathered on Jan. 22-24, 2016 in Wisdom House's Farm House to be enriched by the contemplative voices of contemporary spiritual guides through readings, sitting in silence, group sharing, personal and group prayer, and art activities. The weekend was facilitated by Peggy Richard.

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