Saturday, March 17, 2018
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Art Exhibit

Sister Virginia Varley CSJ has been painting for 15 years. She sees art as a "nurturer of spirituality." Attracted by art as a vehicle of prayer and of change in consciousness, she has found the blending of these two elements of her life through Sacred Art Retreats directed by Elizabeth Rosson of Nashua, Connecticut. Sister Virginia's use of art as an expression of prayer and growth in intimacy with God finds particular expression in her use of coloured pencil on black.

April 22: International Earth Day

The CSJ Cherish the Earth Group invites everyone to celebrate this day through deeper reverence and care for life on our planet. Join millions of people in the world as they engage in peaceful thoughts and prayers to nurture neighbour and nature.

Here are some actions to celebrate creation:

As on the first day of creation:

St. Francis Xavier 'Diploma in Ministry' Prayer Service

"May you be open to all the places your feet carry you." These were the opening words of the Prayer Service at the November Session of the St. Francis Xavier 'Diploma in Ministry' Toronto Group. This theme was especially chosen to honour the five graduating students of 2003.

Blessing Fontbonne's New Trees and Shrubs

Praise with elation
Praise every morning
God's recreation
Of the new day

From Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens and Eleanor Farjeon

Actually, it was afternoon that had "broken" when the song rang in our hearts. Thursday afternoon, Oct. 30, the residents of Fontbonne Place, the volunteers and participants from Mustard Seed and the Gardening Angels blessed the newly planted trees and shrubs on our front lawn at 791 Queen St. E.

Art as Prayer

I am not an artist, but I do like to use "Mandalas" in my prayer as a way of expression or to get in touch more deeply with my feelings. So when I first saw a retreat being offered in May 2003 on "Art as Prayer" I was very intrigued. Before signing up, I made inquiries asking if I needed to be an artist to take this course. Since I had used Mandalas and had previously combined art with prayer, I was advised to go ahead. I trusted this and signed up. Reflecting back since then, I am sure the Holy Spirit was leading me all the way.

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