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Women’s Awareness Salon Happenings

On November, 2, 2017, the Awareness Salon explored the theme of Simplicity, one of the Charisms of the Sisters of Saint Francis. Renee Eells, co-facilitator, opened the morning with a beautiful reading about gratitude and giving thanks. Individual introductions were made by each person drawing a Nature themed card. The guest speaker for the Salon […]

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October Women’s Salon

Once again this year the Women’s Awareness Salon is meeting on the first Thursday from September to April (excluding December).   In celebration of the Center’s 20th anniversary, they dedicated this season’s Salons to the Charisms of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia: Hospitable Heart, Care for Creation, Assume Goodness, Reflective october women salon from […]

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Laudato Si and our Earth Day call us to live simply

Happy Earth Day!  This year once again we ponder the strength and wisdom of Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si: On Care of Our Common Home.” Pope Francis seems to be looking at our world through Franciscan eyes. Franciscan theology and spirituality is found everywhere within it. In the first paragraph Francis tells us “our common home […]

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It’s Lent — Fast and Feast!

I think this graphic gives us the real core of what type of fast we should do in Lent.  I’m not sure who is the author but it says a lot.  May your Lenten journey encompass fasting from the really  hurtful things and feasting on the things that built our character and bring us true happiness.

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Women’s Salon Experience

On February 2, about 40 women of the Awareness Salon gathered to hear a talk by Carol Dougherty. Carol is a registered nurse who now specializes in alternative health solutions such as medical Qigong and Lymphatic Drainage. Carol began her journey after several debilitating years with undiagnosed Lyme disease. After Carol’s talk, she had the […]

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Week 4: Some Research on Gratitude and Why We Should Care

Happiness doesn’t create gratitude, gratitude creates happiness The following video is a TED Talk given by Shawn Achor, a motivational speaker who teaches us that education, money,  job security, etc.  aren’t what create happiness.  He believes that 1) listing 3 things for which we’re grateful, 2) gratitude journaling, 3) exercise, 4) meditation, and 5) random acts of kindness […]

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Week 3: Gratitude Turns What We Have Into Enough

I open this morning with a story that sets the tone for our third lesson.  Although it doesn’t speak directly to the reality that “gratitude turns what we have into enough”, it lets us know that when things seem at their darkest and we feel empty there are others who have gone through it before […]

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Week 2 – Gratitude as a Form of Prayer

Now that you know Gratitude as the Memory of your heart, I am going to ask you to take that memory, that gratitude, and see it as a form of prayer.  I  invite you to listen to another Brother David gratitude experience. This one is special because it was created by Louie Swartzberg who is famous for his […]

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Week 1 — Gratitude as the Memory of the Heart

Getting in touch with the memories of your heart: When Oprah attended a Tony Robbins seminar in 2011, she says, he led an exercise that brought her to tears and reawakened memories she hadn’t thought about for 20 years.  As we begin this course I’ve chosen, via Oprah’s YouTube clip, to let Tony lead us […]

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Online Gratitude Course: An Overview and a Welcome

Thank You for taking this online Gratitude Course. I am excited about sharing it and I hope you think the material covered is valuable.  Gratitude is a feel good topic; everyone wants to be more grateful and to learn more about gratitude.  But I have to warn you that it can also be hard work. […]

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