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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
At the beginning of this month, Sister Mary was the recipient of an award given by the National Religious Vocation Conference in the United States at their biennial meeting held, this year, in Buffalo New YorkRead More
A couple of years ago I was with friends in a restaurant in Toronto. At the table next to ours a rather “affluent-looking” group of young men and women were gathered for dinner. As their meal arrived they all made the sign of the cross and proceeded to share a most beautiful and moving grace before meals. It wasn’t a rote grace but one in which they gave thanks for the gifs of the Earth, the work of human hands, and remembered in their prayer, those in the city who were poor, hungry and lonely that nightRead More
September 1 to October 4 is the Season of CreationRead More
This ministry seeks to create a safe and sacred place for parents to “undress their hearts” before the Creator and others who know and feel their pain. Within this loving circle of support ‘a new day dawns for those who weep’ and ‘their tears are turned into dancing’ … quite literally … as the weekend often incorporates sacred circle dancing into its prayer services, workshops, meditations and candle lighting.Read More
Spring is finally on its way. The Crocus are up. The seedlings are well established, the bees are out and even the birds are singing. Our little cactus is so happy it has two flowers soaking in the sun.Read More
Recently, at the Villa we were watching a documentary on Sisters aired on Salt and Light T.V. In an interview, a Sister in Africa suddenly asked, “Am I simply an admirer of Jesus Christ or am I his follower?”Read More
When we think about plants, we don't often associate a term like "behavior" with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives. What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought!Read More
First the crocuses peeked through the bare earth, then the daffodils began to toss their yellow manes joyfully in the warm breezes.Read More
It sometimes seems that there is not much we can do to change the forces of nature, but Pope Francis rightly points out that the small acts each one of us does on a day to day basis can have an impact.Read More
The season of Winter calls us to quiet waiting on life hidden in the dark earth. The liturgical season of Advent similarly invites stillness as we await the re- birth of Christ in our hearts and world; Christ ever-present and yet to comeRead More
In the world of vegetable production, purveyors of GM seeds promised great things for the global community, trumpeting there would be greater food production and reduced pesticide use in a relatively short time. GM seeds were the answer for a starving world. This was in the late 80’s -90’s. Canada and United States bought into that message. Western Europe did not.Read More
Within each of us lies the desire to find meaning beyond the moment...to discover our true selves...to grow closer to God and to one another. A spiritual director can help you to satisfy that longing.
What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual direction, also known as Spiritual Companioning, is a gentle, non-judgemental process of Holy Listening to recognize how God is being revealed in your life. In this process, you are free to express questions, name doubts, sort through decisions, experience mystery and the call to engagement in the world.
Spiritual Direction invites a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspects of being human. While it may be appropriate at time to discuss personal and relational struggles in the context of spiritual direction, a spiritual director is neither a psychotherapist, a moral advisor, not a counselor, but one who has received training to accompany you on a specific spiritual journey to discover God’s presence in the daily experiences of your life.
The director is not there to supply answers, but to suggest questions for the directee to think and pray about.
When would I seek Spiritual Direction
- When you are experiencing a new sense of God in your life…
- When you are feeling distant from God…
- When you are facing an important decision or discernment…
- When you are facing a change or transition in your life…
- When you are feeling fragmented, disinterested, out of touch, fearful or angry…
- When you are involved in ministry within your faith community…
- When you desire growth in prayer and growth in compassion…
… then Spiritual Direction may be something for you to consider
Spiritual Direction at Villa St Joseph Ecology and Spirituality Centre
If you would like to engage in on-going Spiritual Direction with a member if the Villa team, please call the Villa. An initial interview will be arranged. At that time, you can discuss your hope and expectations, and ask questions. The companioning takes place in the context of confidential one-on-one sessions which are usually scheduled about once a month, but vary according to individual needs. Should you decide to continue, the suggested offering is $40.00 per session; however, this is negotiable.
Spiritual Direction is also available as an option during our retreats here at Villa St Joseph Ecology and Spirituality Centre. It is recommended that, if you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, you request it in advance. The suggested offering of $20.00 per session will be added to the cost of the retreat.
If you would like on-going direction and live too far to travel monthly, please inquire about other centres that offer similar opportunities.