Villa St Joseph Ecology and Spirituality Centre is owned and staffed by the Sisters of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada. This historic building on the shores of Lake Ontario has a long and varied history. We value holistic spirituality inclusive of all peoples and all the earth. We approach ministry and programs from an ecological, inter-faith and justice-oriented stance. Our centre offers a quiet, relaxing environment in which to rest, pray, reflect and be renewed in body and spirit.
As John Henry Newman remarked, “God has created me to do some definite service. God has committed some work to me which has not been committed to another. I have my mission”. We are all called in a special way in light of our personal gifts to be and become, to love and to serve in our world. In discovering my personal vocation I find the source of my deepest meaning, happiness and peace. We all have a special vocation for life and each sort of vocation, when lived well, complements other’s vocations for the flourishing of our world. Some women and men continue to be called to the vibrancy and loveliness of religious life.
At this time of the year we often think ahead to wrapping gifts in readiness for Christmas. What we don’t always think about is that much of the paper we use for gift-wrapping is not recyclable and gift wrap constitutes a vast amount of the paper we use. So we add here some helpful thoughts for wrapping gifts this year as we seek to find small and practical ways to care for God’s gift of the Earth just as we care for one another.
Next Sunday, December 2nd we once again enter into the beautiful season of Advent, a time of “waiting” in anticipation of the celebration of Christmas. The focus of Advent-waiting also corresponds with the natural season of winter, that time of the year when Earth slows its rhythms moving into a phase of rest, in order that new life can be celebrated in the Spring. Growth, personal and natural, celebration and joy depend first of all on waiting.