Eco-spirituality is more than ecology and theology.
It calls us to reconnect.
A spirituality closely bound to God’s creation has deep roots in Scripture, where in Genesis God separates light from darkness and water from sky, then creates all plants and creatures of Earth and sea and sees how good it is… A couple of millennia later, St Francis of Assisi added his voice to those who recognize the interconnectedness of all things - finding God in, and praising God through, all of creation, including the sun, moon and stars, wind, water fire and the Earth itself.
The prefix ‘eco’ before ‘spirituality’ comes from the Greek oikos, meaning home – a reminder that this house is the only one we have, it is our common home and we are here together.
Eco-spirituality leads us to an understanding that we are part of an interrelated, interconnected, evolving web, calling us to live in right relationship with all of creation.
Adapted from Barbara Fraser, National Catholic Reporter
'Summer is the season of celebration of the sun and reflection.'
With this intention we invite you to create a dedicated space in your home for quiet prayer and contemplation. This area can be as simple as a comfortable chair with a small table, perhaps near a window to gaze on nature while sipping your morning coffee.
Add a candle (battery works well), a cloth and a symbol or two that reflects the celebration of nature. This could be a plants, a stone, a picture - see what speaks to you. You might also choose to add a new symbol each week and a basket for your bible or other inspirational text. Be sure to have a journal with pen which is helpful as you embark on your personal Summer Journey. Commit to spending time here each day, allowing yourself time to rest, renew and reflect in the coming weeks,
Many people long to find meaning in their lives, to discover their true selves, and to grow closer to God and others. But sometimes, it’s hard to know just where to start. A directed retreat can help you start the process as you attempt to deepen your relationship with the divine and grow in your own personal spirituality.
We pray for the people of Ukraine,
for all those suffering or afraid,
that you will be close to them and protect them.
We pray for world leaders,
for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.
We pray for the world
that in this moment of crisis,
we may reach out in solidarity
to our brothers and sisters in need.
May we walk in your ways
so that peace and justice
become a reality for the people of Ukraine
and for all the world.
We offer a sacred space to assist individuals on their own spiritual journey – whether it is to reconnect with their inner-spirit or whether they are seeking a deeper relationship with God and the world around them. Our programs encourage an awakening of the spirit that leads to hope, healing, peace and transformation.
SUMMER OFFERING -
Outdoor Yoga at Tau Center
Take your yoga practice outdoors and be inspired by the beauty of nature. The yoga sequence taught is a blend of breathing techniques, simple stretches, and gentle yoga postures, enabling the body to release deep layers of tension and inviting connection of body, mind, and spirit.
Starts Saturday, July 9th
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Invite family, friends, and colleagues to join our Laudato Si’ revolution!
Please check Wheaton Franciscans Website for our current COVID related announcements.
Registration is now open for the next Exploring the Franciscan Way of Life program. The next program will meet on the second Tuesday of the month beginning on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. Central Time (unless otherwise noted). All sessions will be held over Zoom.
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