From The Administrator

August, 2014

Dear Friends of Our Lady of Calvary,

               As we journey into a new retreat season, a reflection offered by Kathy Irr of the week-end retreat staff and found in her recently published book, provided a tone and setting for the two fold grace of Wisdom and Hope in this year’s theme.  Used with her permission:


"A life without a lonely place, that is, a life without a quiet center, easily becomes destructive.”

—Henri J.M. Nouwen

A few years ago my previous spiritual director sensed that I was feeling unsettled and a bit frazzled during a session.  We stopped and processed what might be buried beneath the feelings. He then suggested that I close my eyes as he brought me through a simple meditation.  He repeated these words slowly until my body, mind, and spirit felt calm and centered:

Be Still and Know that I Am God

Be Still and Know that I Am

Be Still and Know

Be Still


Since that time I’ve used these words taken from Psalm 46:10 on many occasions.  It is a reminder to me that God can do things I feel unable to do alone.  The spiritual calm that comes over me does not mean the absence of problems or concerns; instead, it means a steady and deep commitment to placing my trust in a God who loves me unconditionally.

Come, Be and Rejoice in Wisdom and Hope.
Sr. Kathleen M. Fitz Simons, CND