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Spiritual Reflections
by Brother Bob

“The first ingredient of good conversation is listening. ... Listening is the biggest gift we can give one another, but listening with our `whole selves’ can be risky, because it might change our ideas about something.” Ricardo Ramirez, Bishop Emeritus, diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico

Regrettably, listening seems to be a dying art; shouting and screaming have replaced substantive conversations in our media outlets, our civic forums and sometimes, our churches. 

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   Chapel Icons

Icon is the Greek word for image. Icons are basically paintings that tell stories; sacred icons tell stories from Scripture or depict an image of the Savior, Mary His Mother, or one of the saints... Click to read more about our Chapel icons

Pope Francis

Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si," is inspired in part by St. Francis' poem "Canticle of the Sun."

“Laudato si, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord.” In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs." 

My children don't go to Mass - what can I do??

At our parishes and retreat centers, and even in more casual conversations, we hear this question frequently. In the letters and email we receive asking for prayers, this is the number one request. And it isn't just about high school kids - people are worried about their adult children as well.

Friar Jude Winkler has some advice for parents (and grandparents) whose kids have drifted away from the Catholic faith.  Read more

Daily Scripture Readings for the Liturgical Year

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                                                                                       - by Fr. Jim Van Dorn

Salvation means to ‘make space.’

Love makes space. Real Love gives one room to grow. We make space for each others growth today so that God's tomorrow will not happen without us.

We need to make room to experience God. We need to make space to take care of ourselves because our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.

If you make appointments for everybody else but don’t write in appointments for your own self-care, you’re missing out.
Make space for yourself so you can make high quality space for others.

Coming on retreat is creating space to love and worship God. And creating space to let your creator look at his creation and love you.

Through Jesus, God created space for us. God created space where we could know him through the humanity of Jesus.

What's it Like to go on a Retreat? Who goes on Retreats? 

Curious to know more about our retreats?  Here are some testimonies of what you can expect on a retreat, who comes,

and why they do.

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‘Audio Recordings on Topics of Spirituality’


Check out Fr. Jim's audio recordings on Life's Challenges, Making Space in Our Lives, Dealing with Pain, and more.

Fatima's 100th Anniversary

Last year, marked the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima apparitions.  Here is a month by month overview of the apparitions, and state of the world at the time.  Click to read more

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