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Boy Scouts 225 clears path at Hermitages

Boy Scouts 225 clears path at Hermitages

On Saturday, August 22, Boy Scout Troop 225 from the church of St. Joseph in Aston, Pennsylvania, restored the walking path (blue trail) that leads from Red Hill Farm to the Hermitages. Eagle Scout Peter Rigotti and approximately 20 scouts, parents, and friends...

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Racism:  The Need to Educate Ourselves

Racism: The Need to Educate Ourselves

Sojourners has a wonderful article on how White Liberals Perpetuate Racism.    It is a powerful statement that can help to educate us all on the system wide reality of Racism and the role we have had in its existence. Here is a link to the article:...

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Feast of Corpus Christi

Feast of Corpus Christi

The Eucharist, among other things, is a memorial of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, of his great act of “being broken”, of giving himself over in love. Properly understood, the Eucharist, as a ritual, gives us another kind of “real presence”. It makes present for us the...

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Pentecost Novena

Pentecost Novena

On Dan Shutte's Website there is a wonderful Novena for Pentecost that begins today (Ascension Thursday).  The link is https://www.danschuttemusic.com/wordpressstore/pentecost-novena/ .  I know many of you enjoyed his Holy Week preentation so I would encourage you to...

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Jokes To Get Us Laughing

Jokes To Get Us Laughing

Sr. Dominica sent me these jokes several weeks ago and I think we need some jokes now. THIS IS WHY WE LOVE CHILDREN 1) NUDITY  I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was...

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Prayer for peace and solidarity in a time of pandemic

Prayer for peace and solidarity in a time of pandemic

Creator God, We look to you during this time of illness, uncertainty, & physical distancing from others.  Be with us as we place our anxieties and fears in your hands. Free us from the illusion of invincibility, so that we might remember our actions affect others,...

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An Imagined Letter from COVID-19 to Humans

An Imagined Letter from COVID-19 to Humans

Stop. Just stop. It is no longer a request. It is a mandate. We will help you. We will bring the supersonic, high speed merry-go-round to a halt We will stop the planes the trains the schools the malls the meetings the frenetic, furied rush of illusions and...

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Lockdown by Fr. Richard Henrick OFM Cap

Lockdown by Fr. Richard Henrick OFM Cap

Lockdown Yes there is fear.Yes there is isolation.Yes there is panic buying.Yes there is sickness.Yes there is even death.But,They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noiseYou can hear the birds again.They say that after just a few weeks of quietThe sky is no...

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Be a Blessing

Be a Blessing

Henri Nouwen tells a story  about his community at L’Arche: There is one of my friends who is quite handicapped but a wonderful, wonderful lady. She said to me, "Henri, can you bless me?" I remember walking up to her and giving her a little cross on her forehead. She...

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Ashes to Start Dust

Ashes to Start Dust

It is an astounding how many come for ashes on Ash Wednesday.  They remind us of our mortality and call us to repentance and a desire for transformation.  It's good for us to reflect on that call  during this Lenten Season but I am also reminded of the beautiful quote...

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Time at the Hermitage and the Fullness of Gratitude

Time at the Hermitage and the Fullness of Gratitude

I had the privilege of time in our hermitage.  As you would expect everything was still and peaceful and I found myself being overwhelmed with this awesome sense of gratitude.  I am convinced that gratitude in many ways is a doorway to wonderful surprises.  At that...

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Meyer Group Gives Back

Meyer Group Gives Back

Last week, on a very hot day, the Meyer Group gave back by volunteering time beautifying the grounds at Clare House where retreatants can stay and reflect close to nature in a quiet and serene atmosphere.  Clare House and our Hermitages are located within natural...

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Somewhere something incredible is waiting to happen

Somewhere something incredible is waiting to happen

The first three days of this week were filled with bright sunshine and flowers and a softness in the air.  It is as though all of nature is excited to be around and blooming.  It is a time when, seeing all the flowers, you recognize and begin to appreciate all that...

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Surviving Under Pressure

Surviving Under Pressure

The past four weeks have been stressful because I was under a lot of pressure to get our new website  up and running.  Somehow or other I managed and now I feel rather happy with myself.  I am fortunately or unfortunately one of those people who do well under...

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Thought for the day

Thought for the day

How we live each day is so dependent on how we feel about ourselves.  We are made in the image and likeness of God.  God has made us GOOD.  And the unconditional love and mercy of God showers us each day with gifts.  Despite that we are often unable to see or believe...

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Earth Day 2018

Earth Day 2018

As a Franciscan there is little doubt that we recognize the need to care for creation.  Earth Day 2018 has focused us on the devastating effect that plastics have had on mother earth.  Plastisc are poisoning and injuring marine life, littering our beaches and...

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Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day

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....

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Celebrating Our Volunteers

Celebrating Our Volunteers

On April 19, 2018 we had our annual volunteer dinner.  We  had an amazing evening.  You’ll know why when you look at our volunteers.  Terri Guillements. a quotation anthologist,  says “the world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.”  Let me tell you, we are...

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