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.
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. Wisdom House www.wisdomhouse.org
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 don’t need to hear it again. We often don’t give the story an opportunity to have a fresh effect on
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.
They’re usually easy to remember and touch
our hearts more than our heads.
Today’s Gospel fits that pattern. The setting is the family. We
meet the generous father and his two totally different sons.
let’s 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
the end, it is the homecoming welcome the father extends when his
wandering younger son returns that reveals the father’s 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!
are called to reach out in love, welcome and forgiveness just as the father has