Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Hope Takes a Lot of Faith

Early in this liturgical season, we’re called upon to act out of great faith in what the end of the season promises us. The reading from the prophet Isaiah is a great impetus to us as we journey for the next four weeks. It presents an immediate challenge as well as consolation. The challenge is, “Have faith even when there seems to be no reason to have it,” and the consolation is, “Life in its smallest form has the potential to come forth even when the prospect of new life seems most impossible.” It takes faith to act on what is hoped for!

The last time I ministered in a parish, I was Director of Religious Education. My first year, I asked our janitor, who was clearing a wooded area behind the rectory, if he would bring me the stump of one of the trees he had to remove. I asked once. Asked again and asked a third time when it was almost the First Sunday of Advent. The scripture I wanted to remind the people of was the Isaiah passage - “A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse...” Finally, after weeks of waiting and pleading, it arrived.

The waiting was worth it. In fact, I was astounded by what he eventually brought me. He not only brought me a tree stump, he brought me it still attached to its roots!

I never imagined, never thought of what the roots must be like. The roots of this this tree stump looked like they were dancing. I laughed to myself as I thought, “Here are the dancing roots of the stump of Jesse.”

How right and just that the stump, symbol of failure, life-finished, with no possibility for new life, should really have dancing roots! Only dancing roots can bring forth new life. Only hidden roots dancing under an earth of uncertainty and injustice can bring forth the new life.

Why hope for life when the outside looks bleak – dead – forsaken? Or, an even better question is, “Why jump to the conclusion that all is hopeless?" What is needed is watering those roots so that new life will come in due time. Watering those roots so that the “unforeseen life,” in its own time, can spring forth. We water in hope.

The justice of Advent is rooted in hope. What was hoped for came about. What was longed for appeared. When all seemed impossible, what was promised showed its head. And, what was promised was God’s everlasting fidelity.

Advent encourages us to act in faith. We embrace the impossible. We actually are called to befriend it. Ours is a surety beyond proof - a surety at times with no proof at all. But, underneath, we believe the roots are dancing.

We continue to act in the face of the illogical, improbable. Out of this strength, justice will be done “above ground.” Jesus, our Justice, is among us.

~ Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well...for there is a Force of love moving through the universe that holds us fast and will never let us go.         
      ~ Julian of Norwich

On this Thanksgiving Day, let us move forward grounded in gratitude and courage.
     ~ Sr. Rosemarie and the Community of Wisdom House

Monday, November 21, 2016

Community Service Honored

The Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of NSDAR celebrated its 117th Anniversary at a reception in the community room of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Litchfield.

At this time, they gave their Community Service Award this year to Barbara Putnam and John Lilley.

Barbara teaches a weekly Hatha Yoga class at Wisdom House. We're happy to share some photos of this event.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Self-Care Saturday: Positively Grateful

More than 20 people came to restore and renew themselves in body and spirit at "Self-Care Saturday: Positively Grateful" at Wisdom House.  Facilitated by Gabriele Davis, some of the activities the group was engaged in were laughter yoga, walking the labyrinth, and sitting in silence.

Wisdom House

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Getting Real About Art

Tony Carretta, author, artist, and former gallery owner of New Arts Gallery, will be giving the program "Getting Real About Art" on November 18-19 at Wisdom House.

Join him and a community of artists to explore the reality of how artists can use proven methods of getting their work out to galleries and other venues where the public can appreciate their work.

To register, visit www.wisdomhouse.org. Commuters are welcome.

Copies of his book "Studio to Wall: The Commerce of Art" will be available for purchase

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Meet the Filmmakers/Save the Date

You are invited on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 12 noon to the screening of a new HBO documentary, Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing at the Bantam Cinema in Bantam, CT. 

This exceptional film depicts how a perfect day became a national tragedy and how the lives of individuals and their families were forever changed by the attacks. After the film, the producers, along with two courageous women who were among the seriously wounded, will be part of a Q&A. This opportunity is being offered prior to the film’s HBO premiere.

Admission is free but reservations must be made at events@bantamcinema.com. Wisdom House hopes you will take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Change in Exhibit Date

Please note the change in exhibit date... now running until December 3, 2016.

Inviting The Great Dance: 
Paintings on the path of letting go
 Elisabeth Moss

October 15- December 3, 2016
Marie Louise Trichet Gallery

229 E. Litchfield Rd. Litchfield, CT

MLT Gallery hours : Monday- Saturday 10am-4pm 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

First Baptist Women Return

Women from the First Baptist Church of Stamford again celebrated a weekend retreat at Wisdom House. They had the chance to enjoy the fall foliage along with the support of their faith community.