We Need Conversion

To achieve such reconciliation, we must examine our lives and acknowledge the ways in which we have harmed God’s creation through or actions and our failure to act. We need to experience a conversion, or change of heart. 

– Pope Francis, Laudato Sí, quoting the Australian bishops (218) 

April 17, 2021, Santa Sabina Center will offer an Online Retreat with Sister Pat Farrell, OP: “Laudato Sí and Beyond.” To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page.

Wisdom of Pope Benedict

“The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast.” 

– Pope Francis, Laudato Sí, quoting Pope Benedict (217)

April 17, 2021, Santa Sabina Center will offer an Online Retreat with Sister Pat Farrell, OP: “Laudato Sí and Beyond.” To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page.

The “Thou” of All

Our openness to others, each of whom is a “thou” capable of knowing, loving and entering into dialogue, remains the source of our nobility as human persons . . . Our relationship with the environment can never be isolated from our relationship with others and with God. 

– Pope Francis, Laudato Sí (119)

April 17, 2021, Santa Sabina Center will offer an Online Retreat with Sister Pat Farrell, OP: “Laudato Sí and Beyond.” To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page.

Everything Is Interconnected

“It cannot be emphasized enough how everything is interconnected.”

Pope Francis, Laudato Sí, (138)

April 17, 2021, Santa Sabina Center will offer an Online Retreat with Sister Pat Farrell, OP: “Laudato Sí and Beyond.” To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page.

Not One of Them Is Forgotten

We read in the Gospel that Jesus says of the birds of the air that “not one of them is forgotten before God” (Lk 12:6). How then can we possibly mistreat them or cause them harm? I ask all Christians to recognize and live fully this dimension of their conversion.

– Pope Francis, Laudato Sí (221)

April 17, 2021, Santa Sabina Center will offer an Online Retreat with Sister Pat Farrell, OP: “Laudato Sí and Beyond.” To learn more and/or register for our online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page.

The Power of Transfiguration – God’s Transformation

Happy Easter!

“As I sat quietly in the garden, I realized the power of transfiguration—of God’s transformation—in our world. The principle of transfiguration is at work when something so unlikely as the brown grass that covers our veld in winter becomes bright green again. Or when the tree with gnarled leafless branches bursts forth with the sap flowing so that the birds sit chirping in the leafy branches. Or when the once dry streams gurgle with swift-flowing water. When winter gives way to spring and nature seems to experience its own resurrection.”

– Desmond Tutu, “Chapter 1: God Believes in Us” in God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time

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Plotting Resurrection

“[Writing of his wife Katharine, who was planning the planting of bulbs in her garden even though she knew she likely would not live to see the spring.] There was something comical yet touching in her bedraggled appearance…. The small hunched-over figure, her studied absorption in the implausible notion that there would be yet another spring, oblivious to the ending of her own days, which she knew perfectly well was near at hand, sitting there with her detailed chart under those dark skies in dying October, calmly plotting the resurrection.”

– E. B. White, Quoted in A Time to Live by  Robert Raines

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The Pilgrimage of Heart

“Faith is not the clinging to a shrine but an endless pilgrimage of the heart.”

– Abraham Joshua Heschel

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The Way of Heart

“There is a road that runs straight through your heart. Walk on it.”

– Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB

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The Whole World, a Garden

“Take time to gaze in wonder at Nature, the flight of a bird, a flower in bloom, the dry leaf crumbling to dust, the flow of a river, the rising of the moon, a silhouette of a mountain against the sky. And as you do this the hard, protective shell around your heart will soften and melt and your heart will come alive in sensitivity and responsiveness. The darkness in your eyes will be dispelled and your vision will become clear and penetrating, and you will know at last what love is.”

– Anthony de Mello, The Way to Love

To learn more and/or register for Santa Sabina Center online retreats and offerings, please go to: http://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page