Presence, Prayer and Writing from the Heart Retreat

Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center 167 Neck Road, Madison, CT, United States

“The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If a story comes to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive." - Barry Lopez in Crow and Weasel All of us have myriad


Heart Speaks to Heart: Correspondence as Spiritual Practice

Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, CT, United States

Contemplative Enrichment Day with Judith Valente and Brother Paul Quenon, O.C.S.O. Through the ages, correspondence has been an important contemplative practice to recognize and share the presence of God in our lives. Thomas Merton considered his nearly 20,000 letters as an "apostolate of friendship." We’ll look at how Merton's most engaging letters inspired a years-long