Sunday, March 27, 2016


You know it when you see it.
New life can't be contained.
It bursts forth everywhere.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

In Silence

During these days of Holy Week in the Christian Liturgical Calendar, we offer you these photos for silent meditation on Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

The Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona

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Sunday, March 20, 2016


Palms welcome us into Holy Week.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Mindful Eating and Self-Care Saturday

On Saturday, March 12th, two sponsored programs took place at Wisdom House. Sharon Gutterman facilitated a program on "Mindful Eating" and Gabriele Davis guided participants in movement, laughter, and a restorative yoga session as part of a Self-Care Saturday experience.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Parish Lenten Retreat

Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP, gave a morning of reflection on "The Wonder of the Cross" at Our Lady of the Lakes Parish in New Milford. This annual retreat morning is followed by a luncheon of homemade soups, breads, and homemade desserts. Sr. Jo-Ann is pictured here with the parishioners who attended this year's program on March 2nd.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Heritage Wednesday

Take a look at the days when Wisdom House was the novitiate for the U.S. Province of the Daughters of Wisdom and caution was thrown to the wind!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Coming Home

4th Sunday of Lent - Cycle C

Familiarity can sometimes cause us to presume. Especially with family members, we can presume to know how people will respond to a situation. We might presume that because we are familiar with the pieces of a story, we dont need to hear it again. We often dont give the story an opportunity to have a fresh effect on us.

The parables of the New Testament fit into that category. They are those Gospel stories that have the tremendous capacity for newness every time we hear them. Theyre usually easy to remember and touch our hearts more than our heads.

Todays Gospel fits that pattern. The setting is the family. We meet the generous father and his two totally different sons. 

Today, lets focus on the father in this family. In a very quiet way, we learn a great deal about him. We learn about his patience, forgiveness, and open-mindedness. When we focus on the father, we are given a blueprint of what to expect of God. Although the story is often referred to as the Prodigal Son, it is the generous, truly extravagant father that shows us a depth of love that is beyond measure and unending.  Generosity, not judgment, seems to define this father.

In the end, it is the homecoming welcome the father extends when his wandering younger son returns that reveals the fathers heart.  His welcome is delivered in the expansiveness of his gestures. This son who was dead had come back to life. All creation would join in the celebration!

We are called to reach out in love, welcome and forgiveness just as the father has done.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Heritage Wednesday

Every so often on Wednesdays we will be sharing events and persons who have been part of our history as a retreat and conference center.

On our first Heritage Wednesday, we remember author Madeleine L'Engle (L) and local philanthropist Sonia Scherr-Thoss (R), who were the first to receive our Wisdom Award in 1999. 

We honored these special women who shared their talents and treasures with our local community and beyond. The award
is given annually by the Daughters of Wisdom through Wisdom House to those who have witnessed to Divine Wisdom in their lives.

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