On Ash Wednesday, Christians inaugurate the sacred season of Lent, 40 days of reflection and “purification” to prepare us for Easter, when we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. For your daily reflection over these 40 days, we’ll post meditations Tessa Bielecki edited from “The Desert Experience,” an essay by William McNamara, founder of the Spiritual […]
The “Oh Antiphons,” seven short verses prayed on the seven days before Christmas, grow out of our bones, our blood, out of the depths of the human heart. Beginning with “Oh Wisdom” on December 17 and ending with “Oh King” on December 23, these images are as old as the awakening of human life on earth, which […]
Our Winter Caravans newsletter is now available here. Hope you enjoy our look back at the past months and news of upcoming events. We also include Donna Couch’s wonderful review of Season of Glad Songs, our Christmas anthology. By the way, Season of Glad Songs makes a wonderful holiday gift.
Join Tessa Bielecki and Fr. David Denny for Pilgrimage of the Heart: Wisdom from Christian Contemplatives and Hermits a morning retreat at First Congregational Church in Colorado Springs. We will explore practical ways of living more contemplatively and suggest ways to celebrate a festive, sane, contemplative atmosphere during the Advent Season and Christmas. Find out […]
A Deeper Look at Halloween All my life I’ve loved Halloween. I have fond childhood memories of my favorite costumes: the gypsy, draped in soft flowing scarves, wearing earrings long before I was old enough in “real” life; the pirate, with a black patch over one eye, front teeth and chin blackened with charcoal; the […]
I’m sitting at the big picture window at the Hogan, looking over rabbit brush, piñon pine and golden rice grass to the San Juan Mountains, across the open valley to the west. The blazing sunset has just subsided, and I await the appearance of Venus, Jupiter and Saturn in a rare alignment of planets that […]
In the Summer 2014 Caravans, we tell you our news from retreats on the Christian Mystics to fire mitigation, from building a red brick wall to spring landscaping and planting. Tessa reviews Remember to Live: Embracing the Second Half of Life by Thomas Ryan. Fr. Dave introduces you to Dr. John Esposito in his reflections, […]
I first fell in love with the desert in 1967 when I moved to the red rock country of Sedona, Arizona to join the Spiritual Life Institute. I had grown up in lush green New England, yet I immediately loved everything about the desert: the stark landscape and sparse vegetation, the heat and aridity, the […]