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Spiritual Reflections
by Brother Bob

A friend who ministers in Appalachia was visiting me this Advent and he spoke to me about some of the

adjustments that he has had to make in his new ministry. I shared with him the story of another friend, a nurse, who was driving to attend a meeting with a nurse colleague at a hospital in Appalachia. En route, she discovered that her gas tank was nearly empty and this area of Kentucky is sparsely populated. Luckily, she happened upon a local gas station, but, when she pulled into station, she quickly found out that the owner was not going to wait on her because she was a stranger.  [continue reading...]

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Fr. Howard Hansen, OFM Conv.

Fr. Howard (1930-2011) was an engaging and dynamic presence at the Retreat House. He began to write daily homilies that appeared on this website until his death. These homilies reflect his deep love of the Scriptures and his thoughtful insight into our journey of faith. In recovery for over thirty-seven years, Fr. Howard’s personal spirituality was deeply influenced by the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. We hope that his words will continue to console and inspire those who read them.

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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." 

Daily Scripture Readings for the Liturgical Year

For today's Scripture Reading, click on the link provided below.  Then, move your mouse across the top tabs to where it says 'Bible'.  'Today's Reading' is first in the drop column.       Daily Scripture 

                                                                                       - 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.

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