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On retreat: Finding beauty in our brokenness

I was so blessed to give a retreat day at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining, N.Y., this weekend. A beautiful location with wonderful people. And great food. With seashells scattered around the room and prayer intentions overflowing our sea-themed bowl, we dove into the topic of brokenness and discovered a wholeness there. At least that’s what we were aiming for. And we did “collage as prayer,” one of my favorite things to do these days. It seemed to be a hit among the retreat participants as well. There’s something about cutting and gluing in silence that is soothing and centering. And it always seems to lead to at least a smidgen of self-discovery.

Here are a few photos from our day. Thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy Mother’s Day weekend to attend. And thank you to the Dominican Sisters of Hope, who run the retreat house and who have lovingly offered to remember our prayer intentions in their own prayers this week. God bless all of you!

Collage as prayer gets under way.

Collage as prayer gets under way.

Collaging gets serious.

Collaging gets serious.

Our seashell-themed prayer space. Broken is beautiful.

Our seashell-themed prayer space. Broken is beautiful.

Prayer intentions fill our bowl. The Dominican Sisters of Hope kept these intentions and will pray for us during the week.

Prayer intentions fill our bowl. The Dominican Sisters of Hope kept these intentions and will pray for us during the week.

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  1. Thank you, Mary for a wonderful day!

    May 29, 2015

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