Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:4 NIV
The first historical record of Christians using the labyrinths in churches dates back to 324 A.D. They became quite popular across Europe during the Middle Ages as Crusades made the journey to Holy Land dangerous. Designated cathedrals built labyrinths often referred to as “Journeys to Jerusalem” where the faithful set out on pilgrimages as a spiritual discipline. Thus the winding path of the labyrinth became a metaphor of our spiritual journey, a pilgrimage to a sacred place, a prayer.
The most famous prayer labyrinth was constructed in the thirteenth century in the cathedral of Chartres, France.
On August 27th during our guided retreat - “Castle or Cottage” you will have the opportunity to prayerfully walk the outdoor, Tau Center labyrinth, based on the design of the well-known labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France.
Scripture readings will be given to help you along the way.
For more information on the retreat click here
To sign up:
The labyrinths have been enjoying a rush in popularity recently, particularly in association with new age spirituality, with that in mind I want to emphasize that a labyrinth is not a substitute for the authentic and deep relationship with God that flows from interacting with His word.
If you walk a labyrinth I recommend you choose one that is in a Christian holy place, or built by a contemporary orthodox Christians who are very clear in their understanding.
The ministry of spiritual direction respects confidentiality and is grounded in biblical truth.
During the guided retreat on August 27th you will be given an opportunity to meet with a qualified spiritual director. This is a time for discernment, to learn and grow in your own spirituality, deepen your relationship with God, or a time to share in confidentiality that may be emerging during your sacred journey.
Castle or Cottage? - Guided Retreat
Saturday, August 27th, 2016
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sr. Rose Mary Pint Room
26W 171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
For more information click here.
Space is limited:
"But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed" Luke 5:16 NIV
The atmosphere of quiet relieves stress, depression and tension, replenishes our mental resources and reduces the risk of disease. When our brain is relaxed current ideas are connected with prior knowledge and this process gives birth to new ideas and solutions to problems.
When we set time aside to quite in the presence of God we are open to the possibility to hear Him speaking within. Solitude is not simply escaping the outside world but an opportunity to enter in deeper communication with God. It allows Him to bring increased self-awareness, healing and resolution.
Spiritual disciplines such as silent meditation on the word of God connect the body, mind and soul. Our system changes during those quiet moments of prayer. We come out of the retreat more likely to respond wisely to social interactions with greater compassion and empathy.
Take the time to retreat is good for you!
To sign up for “Castle or Cottage” Guided Retreat:
How often do we get a moment to quiet down, seek inner peace and reconnect with God? Take time in your busy life and receive the gift of spiritual nourishment.
"Castle or Cottage?" is a guided retreat during which you will have time for quiet reflection and restorative activities, including journaling, reading, art, walking the Peace Path and Labyrinth. Scripture readings will be given to help you along the way.
You will also be given an opportunity to meet with a qualified spiritual director.
This is a time for discernment, to learn and grow in your own spirituality, deepen your relationship with God, or a time to share in confidentiality that may be emerging during your sacred journey.
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sr. Rose Mary Pint Room
26W171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
Light refreshments will be provided however feel free to bring a boxed lunch.
Community Drive is the stoplight at the entrance from Roosevelt Road.
(You will notice signs for Marianjoy Hospital at the campus entrance, as well.)
Turn south at Community Drive into the campus.
Turn left at the first stop sign after entering the campus.
Then, turn right at the first driveway (entrance #5). The parking spaces in this driveway are for Tau Center visitors. There are some additional parking spaces also past the parking lot, to the right, parallel to the building.
Due to the nature of the retreat reservations are required prior to your arrival.
Cost: $15 per person
Please keep in mind seating is limited.
Thank you Interdenominational Women Fellowship for having me with you last weekend; great privilege and a blessing.
It always brings great joy to hear how God is actively at work in restoring physical and emotional health, broken lives and relationships. The big smiles spoke of the fullness of each soul. The worship, interpretive dance and art activities added to the significance and character of the event.
Psalm 126:2-3 describes the day perfectly - “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”
May you continue to serve and uplift women with God's blessing, wisdom and strength.
It was a Spirit filled Saturday morning on April 23rd, time of sharing, reflection and leaving our burdens At The Cross. The closing of our prayer time was graced with the piano performance of “The Old Rugged Cross” by Linda Sherman. The time of reflection was enriched by Christine's dance interpretation of the the song "Christ Be All Around Me" as well as her freehand sketches of biblical truths.
If you have missed this event you will have the opportunity to join us in August.
Do you seek to grow in your relationship with God?
Are you in a season of transition or uncertainty?
Does listening to God feel like an impossible task?
Join us for a relaxed morning of quiet reflection, prayer and art.
Local artist, Christine McParland, will enrich your experience by portraying biblical truth in freehand sketch.
Then explore and enhance your prayer life by handcrafting a mosaic cross.
All materials are provided. No experience is necessary.
Need more details? Click here!
For printable download to share with family and friends click here.
We had a great response last Saturday, January 23rd for the morning of prayer and reflection. An awesome time spent in God's presence and reassurance.
Everyone had so much fun creating their own water lily art piece while enjoying tea and refreshments. For photos from the event - visit the gallery.
If you missed the last two events mark your calendar and reserve your seat for our next morning of reflection -"At The Cross".
More details coming soon.
We are excited to see you soon at “At the Well”- Tea & Canvas.
As time is closing in and you are prayerfully considering attending I wanted to share what others are saying about their experience at our previous morning of prayer and reflection - “You Are Not Alone”:
“It was such a wonderful and deeply moving event! The Spirit was definitely present & moving people on Saturday!” K.S.
“This was an amazing worshipful experience and I can’t wait until the next event in January. Thank you for your vision and obedience in serving the Lord and ministering to others.” Tamara
“Wonderful event! Powerful morning of spiritual renewal and I anticipate the same on January 23.” S.C.
“Dessi, this was a wonderful and inspiring event. You are very creative. I love the prayer shawl, what a great tool and reminder to pray. Using it this morning, praying the verses.” Tiffany
“We really enjoyed the seminar. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time. Don’t miss.” Jemmie N.
“Dear Dessi, we thank the Lord for you and the work you are doing for him. Being blessed again as I read through my Lectio Divina and notes from Saturday. Adds such depth and focus to my devotional time! Thank you.” Tammy
“I truly enjoyed, You Are Not Alone. I shared my partially finished shawl with some friends. I’m still adding some finishing touches on it.” C. L.
Come Refresh Your Soul!!!
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My prayer is that this will be a place where you find hope and nourishment for your soul.
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