• A Silent Retreat To Remember

    A Silent Retreat To Remember

    June 29, 2023

    Fifteen retreatants recently attended a 5-day silent retreat at the St. Augustine Center in Conway, Michigan. The retreat was completely silent, except for time spent with one’s spiritual director each day. Each retreatant was free to decide the shape of silence: some took long solitary walks on nature trails or the beach; some took their […]

  • Swimming


    June 27, 2023

    My 2-year-old son, Ozzie, loves the water. He’s moved from exploring and splashing in the shallow parts of the YMCA pool to tentatively traveling with me into deeper waters. Over time and with experience, he’s grown more comfortable. He is so comfortable that he jumps off an underwater bench and glides to me a few […]

  • Emergence


    April 19, 2023

    Does the anticipation of spring bring your spirit new awakening energy? Emergence is a noun that goes back to the Latin root emergere, meaning “bring to light”. Are there certain spiritual practices that lighten your heart and help you recharge and feel renewed, practices that energize your ability to envision new paths? Thomas Merton said, […]

  • New Awareness & Possibilities With Enneagram Study & Community

    New Awareness & Possibilities With Enneagram Study & Community

    January 4, 2023

    If you’ve been on the fence about signing up for the Enneagram programs at Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College, either because the word Enneagram itself scares you a little or seems too woo woo, I hope this essay offers some clarity about the tools Ennegram offers each person in any stage of personal growth. […]

  • O Wisdom “Seek wisdom, look around, see it everywhere”

    O Wisdom “Seek wisdom, look around, see it everywhere”

    December 17, 2021

    Wisdom is better than jewelry; no treasures can compare with her. Oh! Wisdom, how we need you now more than ever! You, Sophia, the breath, the power of God, the feminine face of God. Come and show your people the way to salvation. Below, the reading from Proverbs is one of several books of wisdom […]

  • Everything is as it Should Be

    Everything is as it Should Be

    October 28, 2021

    Acceptance is the currency of love. ~ Teal Swan Everything is as it should be is a sentiment sometimes viewed as outrageous — profane, even. When we are inundated with news from around the globe — and from right here at home — that includes senseless shootings, the COVID-19 crisis, harrowing acts of war, a […]

  • May the Spirit Blow Love this Pentecost 2020

    May the Spirit Blow Love this Pentecost 2020

    June 9, 2020

    A poem that came up in me as we celebrated the feast of Pentecost — the mixed feelings of what does it mean that the Holy Spirit is with us in the midst of the horrific way George Floyd died. Seeing the protestors who are giving voice to our broken system that does not live […]

  • All Are Welcome

    November 9, 2015

    All are welcome to prayer, shared study, and being together. If faith and spirituality are the roots of Dominican Center programs, then hospitality and inclusivity are the soil that feeds its flourishing. “Authentic hospitality is about sharing a physical space with great joy, sharing a meal with great generosity, or offering a listening ear with […]