Dear Friends,

Amidst the snapshots of the sweltering heat and Jean's Father Henry's 95th Birthday and Jean's own sixth anniversary of ordination and the feastday of Mary of Magdala, apostle to the apostles, our readings this Sunday (yesterday, at this point) invite us to wisdom. Solomon prays for the wisdom to govern God's people. Jesus talks about the wisdom of investing in the kingdom. Joyce Rupp (our second reading) captures the Wisdom of God resting in our hearts and inviting us to settle in and know this intimate companion and grow.

One application of this is a new initiative of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA (Sr. Joan Chittister's community) launching what they describe as "a lay monastic movement for seekers of God and a meaningful life, calling it 'our gift to the next generation.' "Monasteries of the Heart: A New Movement for a New World offers an opportunity for anyone—regardless, or even in the absence, of faith tradition—to live Benedictine spirituality and values with online communities or in face to face groups of family, friends, neighbors or fellow churchgoers, they said. Members create their own 'monastery' by supporting each other in shaping their spiritual lives around Benedictine values of community, prayer, meaningful work, peace and care of creation. They can gather around a table or in the online 'monastery without walls' for prayer, discussion and reflection." Their website is In addition to this online connection, our weekly spirit of Life Eucharist offers another gathering for us who create these monasteries of the heart. Joyce Rupp leads us into this monastery in our hearts.

The Star in My Heart

Joyce Rupp

Sophia, to you I come,
You are Wisdom of God
You are the Whirl of the Spirit
You are the Intimate Connection
You are the Star in my Heart
Sophia, Open my being to the radiance of your presence
To the guidance of your companionship
To the compassion of your indwelling
To the lighting of your blessed vision.
Sophia, trusted friend, beloved compassion,
Sophia, mercy-maker, truth-bearer, love-dweller,
Sophia, all goodness resides within you.
Sophia, take me by the hand
Bless the frailty of my weak places
Strengthen my ability to swell in darkness
For it is there that your deepest secrets are revealed.
Sophia, we walk together! Amen.

May your monastery of the heart be abundantly graced and well-lived in …

Ron & Jean

Nourish your Soul ~

Jean Marchant & Ron Hindelang invite you to join us in creating a Catholic Community of Worship & Service, Justice & Joy. Eucharist is celebrated weekly ~ Every Sunday Evening at 5:00PM. The Congregational/UCC Church of Weston
welcomes us into their sacred space for our weekly Eucharist.

130 Newton St., Weston, MA 02493
(Newton St. is located off Route 30, near Route 128 & 90, or from Route 20 follow School St., to Newton St.)
Note: Transportation is available from the Riverside T Station upon request.
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