Self-Care

  • Savoring Daily Discoveries of God's Presence

    Savoring Daily Discoveries of God's Presence

    July 11, 2023

    In the fullness of life, there is no shortage of retreat opportunities; we attend professional, marriage, writing and silent retreats. While retreats differ in purpose and practices, participants are generally expected to intentionally step away from life’s regular rhythms for 1-7 days and immerse in a particularly focused topic or activity. Last fall, desiring a […]

  • 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 […]

  • Summer Solstice Celebration June 21 in St. Francis Sculpture Garden

    Summer Solstice Celebration June 21 in St. Francis Sculpture Garden

    June 12, 2023

    The word “solstice” ultimately derives from the Latin solstitium, which comes from the parts sol  “sun,” and sistere, “to stand still.” During the June solstice the Sun reaches its northernmost point in the sky, and for a brief period of time the Sun’s path does not change. The summer solstice is the astronomical beginning of […]

  • Emergence

    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, […]

  • A New Year Message from the Director

    A New Year Message from the Director

    January 5, 2023

    Look for "stars"... that direct your journey, that offer new perspectives, that induce wonder and awe, that call us to risk, that entice us to sing, dream, hope, dance, march.   What a meaningful message to welcome in the new year. It's from an Epiphany prayer by Sr. Mary Ann Barrett, alumni engagement officer at […]

  • 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. […]

  • Advent 2022

    Advent 2022

    November 29, 2022

    Advent summons us to the beginning. The lavishness of God's compassion and mercy frame yet another year for us. With the arrival of Advent's first Sunday, we attend to this mystery one more time. ... Our Christian tradition proclaims this as both an event already accomplished in human history and an event moving toward fulfillment […]

  • A Message from Diane Wilson: We Are All Related

    June 21, 2022

    "Change the story, change the future," Diane Wilson states in her call to action for all people to explore our own relationship to the world and creation. Watch now a personal message from Diane as she introduces us to her experience looking at the world and our relationships through the eyes of indigenous seed keepers, […]

  • Pure JOY at Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College

    Pure JOY at Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College

    May 10, 2022

    In this life, there is Just One You (JOY). You are a creator and the subject of your creation is your joyful life experience. At our recent JOY Retreat, mentors, staff, and spiritual directors with Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College invited guests to a variety of guided prayerful practices. It truly was a morning […]

  • Ignatian Spirituality ~ A Daily Faith Practice to Revise and Reset Resolutions in the New Year

    Ignatian Spirituality ~ A Daily Faith Practice to Revise and Reset Resolutions in the New Year

    January 6, 2022

    Ignatian spirituality continues to encourage us to practice awareness and deepen our faith by reviewing the moments of our daily experiences in a prayerful way. Mindy Hills, DMin and Spiritual Director, offers insights into how these daily prayer practices can enliven our new year resolutions. In October 2021, twenty-five eager spiritual seekers began an eight-month […]