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Monday, April 15, 2024: There is a quiet light that shines in every heart.


Monday, April 15, 2024: There is a quiet light that shines in every heart.

Yesterday we celebrated a wonderful liturgy brought to us by Steve and Pat. So many reflections! So much grace! Thank you Steve and Pat. Here's the opening blessing ansd the blessing used to bless each one of us:

There is a quiet light that shines in every heart. It draws no attention to itself, it is always secretly there. It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty, our desire to seek possibility, and our hearts to love life… This shy inner light is what enables us to recognize, and receive our very presence here as blessing.

-              John O’Donohue: To Bless the Space Between Us

Receive this blessing with these Holy Waters in the name of the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit. May your heart be opened to receive as well as to give, as you enter this Sacred Space.

Retreat News:

We are very excited about the upcoming retreat – yes we leave in a couple of days for Villa Angelica in Carmel.


The only payment needed  up-front are $10 for each participant for the cost of printed materials that Sr. Maureen has put together for our retreat.


Please bring some form of payment for the retreat which we’ll give to Sister Susan Olson at the end of the retreat. Each of us pays $200/per person with checks made out to the  Sisters of Notre Dame. They can be given to Sr. Susan Olson during or at the end of our stay at St. Angelica's. T


We had agreed on a $500 stipend for Sister Maureen Hilliard.

 (Maureen's phone number:(650) 307-2914)


Villa Angelica in Carmel, Calif.

Nearly a hundred years ago, in 1930, Lady Maria Antonia de Munras Field gifted this beautiful ocean-view property in Carmel to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN) in honor of her former teacher and cherished friend’s 25th Jubilee. This treasure is now a spirituality center for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, known as Villa Angelica and the House of Prayer.


 Sister Michelle Henault, SNDdeN, Co-Director of the center shares: “People come for retreat, rest, and prayer, continuing in the spirit of the Native Americans. The Sisters have a tremendous sense of gratitude."


In February 2022, Sister Theresa Linehan, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, an enrolled member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans, led a retreat in Carmel for several SNDdeN and other women religious to create a deeper understanding about the spirituality of the earth and a sense of connectedness. Sister Theresa said that: “Being aware of the land they were on, and its history made a real difference for them. You must go beyond being in nature to being with nature to really understand that we are part of earth and that what we do to ourselves we do to earth and the earth returns in kind.”


Oh how beautiful are your ways, Oh God, the works of your creation.

Raise our consciousness to know and feel deeply in our hearts our connectedness to all that is.


Instill in us the gift of being co-creators and sustainers of life. Teach us new and unsuspected ways of living so that current and future generations can walk humbly in beauty, love all compassionately, and live justly in solidarity with all creation.


Loving and gracious God, give us the courage to seek this transformation of self and society and the strength to see it through. Amen.

-              School Sisters of Notre Dame Green Team


On letting Easter in – Macrina Wiederkehr (read by Dan Vrooman at yesterday's celebration)


When dawn stands still with wonder

when birds jubilate in the trees

when buds hurry into blossoms

and grass starts wearing green

I always know that Easter wants to come again.


But deeper yet and richer still

When Jesus, imprisoned in me,

asks me to roll away the stone

that locks him in

then Easter wants to come again.


So, let it come

It’s one dawn past rising time

and Resurrection is the wildest news

that’s ever touched

this crazy, mixed-up world.

It says, yes!

when everything else says, no!

It says, up!

when everything else says, down!

It says, live!

when everything else says, die!


Easter’s standing at your door again,

so don’t you see that stone has got to go?

that stone of fear

of selfishness and pride

of greed and blindness

and all the other stones we use

to keep Jesus in the tomb.


So here’s to rolling stones away

to give our Lord the chance He needs

to rise and touch

a troubled, lonely world.

Some call it Resurrection.

It’s wild with wonder,

It’s beautiful and real


Intent on throwing life around

it touches and it heals!

Yes, Easter, you can come

An angel of life I’ll be.

I’ll roll the stone away

and set you free.



Gaza Ceasefire Pilgrimage


Our most recent pilgrimage took us on a symbolic journey covering 22 miles, symbolizing Gaza's length mapped onto the East Bay; our route from Berkeley to Alameda included prayer and hospitality stops at faith communities displaying ceasefire banners. It was a day filled with prayer, reflection, and a shared call for these four demands.


·      Enduring and Sustained Ceasefire


·      Immediate flow of life-saving food, water, aid, fuel, and humanitarian assistance


·      Release of all hostages, both Israeli hostages held by Hamas and Palestinian hostages held in the Israeli prison system


·      End of occupation to pave the way for a just peace


Participants representing different faith traditions, including Indigenous, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and those with no specific tradition, walked together. They experienced a myriad of emotions and shared heartwarming moments along the journey that inspired, healed and nourished their spirits.


People described the pilgrimage as being a “heart space” that “restored faith in our shared humanity.”


Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

Here’s a brief video of the pilgrimage march:

"Ceasefire" - Song written by Adrienne Maree Brown, arranged by Rise Choir and performed by Wildchoir.


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