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    Family Matters Article #8: Empowerment

    By Lucia Ferrara Empowerment is one of the building blocks of development that helps young people grow up healthy, caring and responsible, according to the Search Institute, a Minnesota-based organization that researches and promotes positive youth development, Empowerment for young people can mean different things to different people. Our community values youth as resources, and […]

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    The Discerning Voter: Dignity for all who labor

    This week in our video series “The Discerning Voter: Gospel Values for this Election Season,” Fr. Ron Will, CPPS, and Precious Blood Companion Pam Demasi discuss the Matthew 20:1-16a, the Gospel for Sept. 20, in which a landowner hires laborers to work in his vineyard. Each week during this series, Fr. Ron and a member […]

  • Rest for the Soul

    How in this noisy world can we find rest for our souls? “The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack. In green pastures he makes me lie down; to still waters he leads me; he restores my soul.” — Psalm 23:1-3. Throughout the ages, Psalm 23 has consoled many a distressed heart in […]

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    Cooking & Spirituality: Bruschetta

    An appetizer, a snack or a meal By Lucia Ferrara Bruschetta is a super easy, super delicious dish with only a few ingredients. If you’ve never cooked with sun-dried tomatoes before, this recipe introduces them to you. I’m sure that you’ll be impressed with the burst of intense flavor sun-dried tomatoes add to your dish. […]

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    The Discerning Voter: Compassion and voting preparation

    Gracious and loving God, let your Spirit guide all candidates on the November ballot. Drawing on the resources of faith, we pray that each runs their campaign with civility. Inspire each to use this opportunity to shape a society more respectful of the life, dignity, and rights of the human person, especially the poor and […]

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    Taming our False Self: Rediscovering, Reclaiming and Embracing Love

    By Kathy Keary Part 3 of 3. All the parts are here. We now turn our attention to the taming of our false self as a path to rediscovering, reclaiming, and embracing once again the innocence, goodness and love of our true self. James Finley in his book, Merton’s Palace of Nowhere eloquently describes this […]

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    Family Matters #7: Learning to care is part of healthy development

    By Lucia Ferrara Have you ever been the recipient of an expected act of kindness, or perhaps observed one? Someone helps you pick up your groceries that tumbled from a broken bag or a stranger holds the door open for a mother struggling with a stroller, diaper bag and a toddler in tow. These tiny actions […]

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    The Source of Our False Self

    By Kathy Keary Part 2 of 3. All the parts are here. ‘For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.’ — Mark 8:35 As mentioned in our last article, Imprinted with the Image of God, Thomas Merton […]

  • The Discerning Voter: Gospel Values for this Election Season

    Beginning Sept. 8 and every Tuesday until Election Day, Precious Blood Renewal Center will host a series of discussions based on the Sunday Gospels with the aim of helping us prepare to go to the voting booth this November. Fr. Ron Will, CPPS, will lead the discussions and be joined by members of the Precious […]

  • Taize Sept. 3: Praying for All Who Labor

    As we gather for this September Taize prayer service, we in the United States are about to celebrate Labor Day. It is time to reflect on the dignity of work. Our work not only provides money to put food on our table and a roof over our heads, we also have the privilege of joining […]

  • Cooking & Spirituality: Pasta Alio e Olio

    By Lucia Ferrara This recipe is low cost, easy and quick. If you’re looking for a budget friendly, fast meal for your family or just yourself, this is the meal to have: Pasta Alio e Olio or pasta with garlic and oil. Seriously, this is so super simple. You can get this dish done in […]

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    Imprinted with the Image of God: Rediscovering Our True Self

    By Kathy Keary  Part 1 of 3 Parts. ‘For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.’ —Mark 8:35 This passage from the Gospel of Mark is repeated in the other three Gospels (Matthew 10:39, Luke 9:24, John […]

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    Family Matters #6: Creating a caring learning climate

    By Lucia Ferrara From many of us, school is back but now with new rules in place because of the Covid-19 crisis. This new framework was created to implement preventative measures to the pandemic and allow for a positive classroom experience. These measures may look different in your child’s school from mine, and it also […]

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    Spiritual Direction: A Path to Interior Freedom

    By Kathy Keary Spiritual direction is not new. It enjoys a long history in many faith traditions. For centuries, people have sought the wisdom of shamans, rabbis, buddhas, spiritual directors, imams, sheiks, prophets, abbas and many other spiritual gurus. The purpose and function of these figures has varied over the years and in different traditions. […]

  • Cooking and Spirituality: Giambotta, Italian vegetable stew

    By Lucia Ferrara I excited about the recipe we are going to cook today. It’s and old-fashioned Italian recipe. It’s a pot of fresh vegetables taken right from your garden. I grew up on this, especially in the late summer and fall.  The articles and videos in the Cooking and Spirituality Series can be found […]

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    A Spirituality of Discernment: Eyes, Ears, and Heart Open

    By Kathy Keary Part 4 of 4. Find all the parts here. Undoubtedly the divine touches our hearts through the events in our lives. Within two months of losing our home in a fire and while we were still in temporary housing, I sensed the summons to reach out to those challenged by homelessness. While […]

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    Family Matters #5: Commitment to Learning

    By Lucia Ferrara It is school time again and parents are struggling to make decisions about children going back to school during a pandemic! Those are tough calls to make. Whatever decision is made, however, one thing that should never change is our commitment to learning.  This is so important especially in a time such […]

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    A Spirituality of Discernment: When God Grabs Your Attention

    By Kathy Keary Part 3 of 4. Find all the parts here. When Henri Nouwen was discerning if he was being called to live the contemplative life of silence and solitude or a more active life of teaching and ministry, he discovered a poster of “The Flute Player” by Hazard Durfee that included a quote by […]

  • Living in the Season of the Holy Spirit #7: Love

    By Fr. Ron Will, CPPS Welcome back to Precious Blood Renewal Center for the final week of are reflections about what it means to live in the season of the Holy Spirit The mission of the Renewal Center is to be a safe and sacred place, offering healing and hope, renewal and reconciliation, for all […]

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    A Spirituality of Discernment: Tending the Still, Small Voice

    By Kathy Keary Part 2 of 4. Find all the parts here. Embracing that we are the beloved of God is fundamental to the spirituality of discernment. We were created out of the unbounded love of our Maker. It follows then that our Creator relentlessly seeks us and attempts to capture our attention to lead […]

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    Living in the Season of the Holy Spirit #6: Hand in Glove

    By Fr. Ron Will, CPPS Welcome back to Precious Blood Renewal Center, as we continue our reflections about living in the season of the Holy Spirit. When we live under the influence of the Holy Spirit, we participate in a new creation. I am sitting on the deck here at our Renewal Center and you […]

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    Discernment Part 1: A Personal Story

    By Kathy Keary Part 1 of 4. Find all the articles here.  As a spiritual director, it is not uncommon for people to seek my assistance as they sort out where God is leading them. We all engage in discernment throughout our lives with varying degrees of consequence. As we begin a series on discernment, […]

  • Living in the Season of the Holy Spirit #5: Empower

    By Fr. Ron Will CPPS All the reflections in this series can be found here: Living in the Season of the Holy Spirit. Welcome back to Precious Blood Renewal Center, as we continue our reflections on the season of the Holy Spirit. When we live under the influence of the Holy Spirit, we participate in […]

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    Etched in the Landscape: Finding God in Creation

    By Kathy Keary In our last article in the series, An Invitation to Something New: The Contemplative Life, I described a personal theophany, a profound experience when the presence of God unmistakably sang a divine love song to me at the ocean shore. As described in, Spirit of Love: Celebrating the Sacred, I was deeply […]

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    Living in the Season of the Holy Spirit #4: Intimacy

    By Fr. Ron Will CPPS Welcome back to Precious Blood Renewal Center for the fourth in our series “Living in the Season of the Holy Spirit. We’ve been reflecting on the idea that the Feast of Pentecost propels us into the season of the Holy Spirit. When we live under the influence of the Holy […]

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    Spirit of Love: Celebrating the Sacred

    By Kathy Keary “The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; he will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, he will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals.” Zephaniah 3:17, 18a It was a gorgeous morning, not a cloud in the sky. The day […]

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    Family Matters #3: Positive Identity and Nurturing Personal Power

    By Lucia Ferrara Positive Identity, according to the Search Institute, is a developmental asset, one of the building blocks that help young people grow up into caring, healthy and responsible adults. How do we attain or teach our children about exhibiting a positive identity? As a mother of three, I have learned that I had […]

  • Prayers for Racial Justice, Day 8: We affirm that Black lives matter

    Day Eight, July 8 As we hear the cry of the blood We affirm that Black lives matter. We are redeemed in the blood of Christ. We are washed in love. Sent by the blood, stained by the blood; we are servants of the blood of Christ. THE CUP OF THE NEW CREATION “For I […]

  • Living in the Season of the Holy Spirit #3: There Are Different Gifts

    By Fr. Ron Will, CPPS All the reflections in this series can be found here: Living in the Season of the Holy Spirit. Welcome back to Precious Blood Renewal Center. We have been talking about how the Feast of Pentecost propels us into the season of the Holy Spirit. When we live under the influence […]

  • Prayers for Racial Justice, Day 7: The breath of the dying conspiring for life

    Day Seven, July 7 The breath of the dying conspiring for life, remembering mercy, we comfort with hope. We are redeemed in the blood of Christ. We are washed in love. Sent by the blood, stained by the blood; we are servants of the blood of Christ. THE CUP OF INHERITANCE “O Lord, my allotted […]

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    From the Heart: Contemplative Communication — Part 2

    By Kathy Keary Part 2 of 2. Read Part 1 Here. In our last article, the Circle was described as a tool that enables participants to speak and listen from the heart in a sacred and safe atmosphere promoting growth in compassion for others. In this article, we will outline the format and ten essential […]

  • Prayers for Racial Justice, Day 6: The blood of the cross bringing us closer

    Day Six, July 6 The blood of the cross bringing us closer, bonds us in charity, we long to be one. We are redeemed in the blood of Christ. We are washed in love. Sent by the blood, stained by the blood; we are servants of the blood of Christ. THE CUP OF CREATION “You […]

  • Prayers for Racial Justice, Day 5: The cup of salvation poured out in service

    Day Five, July 5 The cup of salvation poured out in service, stream of redemption, we thirst to be free We are redeemed in the blood of Christ. We are washed in love. Sent by the blood, stained by the blood; we are servants of the blood of Christ. THE CUP OF BLESSING “The cup […]

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    Prayers for Racial Justice, Day 4: Blood of new covenant welcomes the stranger

    Day Four, July 4 Blood of new covenant welcomes the stranger, seeking communion, we are companions. We are redeemed in the blood of Christ. We are washed in love. Sent by the blood, stained by the blood; we are servants of the blood of Christ. THE CUP OF THE COVENANT “Then he took a cup, […]

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    Prayers for Racial Justice, Day 3: The blood of the wounded looking for healing

    Day Three, July 3 The blood of the wounded looking for healing, teaching compassion, we touch with our hands. We are redeemed in the blood of Christ. We are washed in love. Sent by the blood, stained by the blood; we are servants of the blood of Christ. THE CUP OF DISCIPLESHIP “Jesus said to […]

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    Prayers for Racial Justice, Day 2: The bones of the weary ache for an answer

    Day Two, July 2 The bones of the weary ache for an answer, searching for vision, shout out with new strength. We are redeemed in the blood of Christ. We are washed in love. Sent by the blood, stained by the blood; we are servants of the blood of Christ. THE CUP THAT MAKES US […]

  • Living in the Season of the Holy Spirit #2: Unity

    By Fr. Ron Will, CPPS All the reflections in this series can be found here: Living in the Season of the Holy Spirit. The Feast of Pentecost propels us into the season of the Holy Spirit. When we live under the influence of the Holy Spirit we participate in a new creation. In this series, […]

  • Prayers for Racial Justice during the Octave of the Precious Blood

    On the Feast of the Precious Blood, July 1, Members and Companions of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood celebrate the redemptive value of the Precious Blood of Jesus. This year let’s extend our prayer to an Octave of Prayer. There are reflections for each day with action steps each day. Let your voice be […]

  • Prayers for Racial Justice, Day 1: The blood of Christ refreshes our souls

    Day One, July 1 The blood of Christ refreshes our souls, gives us new courage, liberates our lives. The blood of the poor soaks into the land, cries out for justice, yearning for peace. We are redeemed in the blood of Christ. We are washed in love. Sent by the blood, stained by the blood; […]

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    What to do when you can’t shake the blues

    By Fr. Garry Richmeier Over my 25 years as a counselor, people have often come to me saying they are feeling down or depressed. They wonder what is wrong and they want to fix it. I thought today I would share with you some of my experience about what to do when you’re feeling doing, […]

  • Family Matters #2: How do you teach loving?

    By Lucia Ferrara Note: Last fall, Precious Blood Renewal Center joined with a few community partners to present a series of Parent Cafes with the aim of supporting families and equipping them with skills for successful parenting. Read more about the Parent Café here. “We’re not telling people what to do or how to be […]

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    Living in the Season of the Holy Spirit #1: Forgiveness

    By Fr. Ron Will, CPPS Today we begin a seven-week series titled “Living in the Season of the Holy Spirit.” When we live under the influence of the Holy Spirit, we participate in a new creation. This is what we mean when we speak of the “Season of the Holy Spirit.” Over the next seven […]

  • From the Heart: Contemplative Communication

    By Kathy Keary The Circle is a method of contemplative communication where members find themselves totally present to others. Participants not only speak from the heart but also listen from the heart. It’s an effective tool in a spiritual, family, or secular setting and can be used for many purposes including healing, reconciliation, community building, […]

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    Video 3 — Focusing: Listening to the Wisdom of the Body for Healing

    By Kathy Keary This is our third video on focusing. Focusing is a life-giving spiritual meditation that honors the wisdom that lies within us. Focusing speaks to us in a way that can be felt in our bodies. Undoubtedly, we are living in troubled times, not only in our nation but in the world and […]

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    The Healing Power of Contemplative Prayer

    by Kathy Keary In our world today, so much is happening. It can gnaw at our sense of well-being. A common question in the hearts of many is: where do I turn to heal my wounded soul? The comforting power of contemplative prayer in times of difficulty cannot be overstated. The past few weeks we […]

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    The times call us to ‘Step out, stand up, and speak clearly’

    By Fr. Ron Will I hesitate to write about the killing of George Floyd because there are so many individuals and groups who have already made a statement, but we on the staff of Precious Blood Renewal Center feel compelled to join the voices crying out around the world for racial justice and for an […]

  • Family Matters #1: Building Resilience in Adversity

    By Lucia Ferrara Note: Last fall, Precious Blood Renewal Center joined with a few community partners to present a series of Parent Cafes, with the aim of supporting families and equipping them with skills for successful parenting. Read more about the Parent Café here. “We’re not telling people what to do or how to be […]

  • Video 2 — Focusing: Listening to the Wisdom of the Body for Healing

    By Kathy Keary This is the second of three videos in this series. All videos are here. Today we continue our series of videos that look at Focusing, a technique developed by University of Chicago psychologist Eugen Gendlin. Gendlin found that his clients were more likely to improve if they had a relationship with feelings […]

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    Focusing: Reverencing the Wisdom of the Body for Healing 3

    This is Part 3 of a 3 Part series. Read all the articles here. By Kathy Keary In our previous articles, background information and the mechanics of focusing were outlined. Videos supplemented the articles. I suspect that for many, this was your first exposure to this type of spiritual meditation. In this article, I will […]

  • Taize June 4: Tonight we prayer for right relationships

    By Dennis Coday The Taize Prayer Service post today to our website (see below) and Facebook page was recorded several days before the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the subsequent demonstrations and protests enveloped the nation. Already under stress from the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, this was much to endure. Despite predating the horrific […]

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    New Video Series — Focusing: Listening to the Wisdom of the Body for Healing

    By Kathy Keary Society teaches us to suppress our feelings, to distance ourselves from our emotional pain and to distract us from our emotions rather than to care for them in a healthy way. If you knew that there was a way to listen to the wisdom of your emotions as revealed in your body […]

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    Focusing: Listening to the Wisdom of the Body for Healing 2

    By Kathy Keary This is Part 2 of a 3 Part series. Read all the articles here. In our first article, an introduction to focusing was provided. The specific steps involved in focusing are outlined below. I think it will be helpful for you to see the process in action, so we will offer a series […]

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    Focusing: Listening to the Wisdom of the Body for Healing 1

    By Kathy Keary This is Part 1 of a 3 Part series. Read all the articles here. Stress seems to be a part of many people’s lives. The sense of unease seems to be amplified during the pandemic. Many are unemployed and struggling to put food on the table. Some are teaching their children at […]

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    The Seven Appearances of Jesus after the Resurrection: #7 A Strong Driving Wind

    By Fr. Ron Will A Special Note and Request: The coronavirus continues to cause a lot of emotional and spiritual stress for many of you. We are still not able to invite people on to the Renewal Center campus at this time because of the virus, but we wonder: Is there anything that you would […]

  • Using Our Bodies in Prayer

    By Kathy Keary In our series on contemplative living, an element that stands out is that prayer goes way beyond words. In a matter of fact, words in many instances are a barrier to intimacy with our Maker. When we engage mind, spirit and body in prayer, our whole being is engaged. The whole person […]

  • The Seven Appearances of Jesus after the Resurrection: #6 The Ascension and the Commission

    By Fr. Ron Will Welcome back to Precious Blood Renewal Center for this 6th Week of Easter Meditations. As we gather for this video prayer across the miles today, there may be pockets of businesses and churches opening up near you, but we are still a long way from overcoming this coronavirus pandemic. And so […]

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    The Fruits of Contemplation

    By Kathy Keary This is Part 4 of a 4 Part series. Read all the articles here. I answered the call to divine communion through centering prayer nine years ago. Ever since, I have heard and accepted the invitation that lures me into the depths of my soul to spend sacred time with my Maker. The […]

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    Contemplation: Going Deeper into Silence

    By Kathy Keary This is Part 3 of a 4 Part series. Read all the articles here. In this article, I am relying on the wisdom of David Frenette in his book, The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God as the concepts presented are quite lofty but awe-inspiring in my humble estimation. […]

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    The Seven Appearances of Jesus after the Resurrection: #5 At the Mount of Olives

    By Fr. Ron Will This meditation is based on the Matthew 28: 16-20. Welcome back to Precious Blood Renewal Center for this 5th week of Easter meditations. Workplaces and churches may be opening up a little more in your part of the country than they were a week ago, but there are still lots of […]

  • Contemplation: The Use of Breath and Image in Centering Prayer

    This is Part 2 of a 4 Part series. Read all the articles here. In our introduction to centering prayer, we discussed using the sacred word as a method of expressing our intent to be open to the indwelling presence and action of God in the deepest center of our being. We now turn our […]

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    Taize Prayer for May 7 — Online Now!

    Join the Precious Blood Renewal Center team for a prayer service in the Taize style. This video goes live on three locations May 7. Our Website: See below or find all the Taize videos here.  On YouTube: at bit.ly/2Y0GfOn On Facebook beginning at 7 p.m.: facebook.com/preciousbloodrenewalcenter/ Taizé Prayer is sung, ecumenical community prayer. It originated with a […]

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    Prayer in the Time of Pandemic

    The Coronavirus pandemic has rapidly transformed life as we know it for lots of people across the world. For many, COVID-19 carries challenges and feelings of anxiety, fear, isolation, economic hardship and other stresses. However, we are not alone in our feelings knowing we can ease those fears by prayer. Today and every day let […]

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    Contemplation: Communion with the Divine

    By Kathy Keary This is Part 1 of a 4 Part series. Read all the articles here. The word, “contemplation,” means different things to different people. In this series of four articles, I am referring to contemplation as a deep loving communion with the divine. It is a resting and simply being in God. Contemplation […]

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    The Seven Appearances of Jesus After the Resurrection: #4 Invited: Feed My Sheep

    By Fr. Ron Will In today’s meditation, we return to the Sea of Galilee and find seven of the Disciples there fishing and trying to make sense of the death and resurrection of Jesus. The Teacher has already appeared to them three times. Last week, you recall, (See John 21: 2-14) that Jesus met Peter, […]

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    Walking the Reconciliation Labyrinth: A Contemplative Practice Part 3

    By Kathy Keary Part 3 of a 3 Part Series. | Read Part 1 here. | Read Part 2 here. The reconciliation labyrinth at Precious Blood Renewal Center was constructed in 2016 in response to Pope Francis’ declaration of the Holy Year of Mercy. The pope asserted at that time that the world was in need of […]

  • The Reconciliation Labyrinth on the grounds of Precious Blood Renewal Center, Liberty, Mo.

    Walking the Labyrinth: A Contemplative Practice Part 2

    By Kathy Keary Part 2 of a 3 Part Series. | Read Part 1 here. | Read Part 3 here. May 2, Saturday, is World Labyrinth Day, a celebration promoted by The Labyrinth Society. On that day at 1 p.m., no matter what time zone one is in, everyone should walk a labyrinth with the […]

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    The Seven Appearances of Jesus after the Resurrection: #3 At the Sea Shore

    By Fr. Ron Will, CPPS In this meditation, we will join the Apostles after they have gone back to fishing on the Sea of Galilee, after the death and resurrection of Jesus. You can find the scripture passage here: John 21: 2-14. When Jesus appears to the Apostles on the seashore, at first they do […]

  • The Reconciliation Labyrinth on the campus of Precious Blood Renewal Center, Liberty, Missouri.

    Walking the Labyrinth: A Contemplative Practice Part 1

    By Kathy Keary Part 1 of a 3 Part Series. | Read Part 2 here. | Read Part 3 here. To honor World Labyrinth Day, which is this Saturday May 2, our series, “An Invitation to Something New: The Contemplative Life,” will turn its attention to walking the labyrinth, one of my favorite types of […]

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    Eyes and Heart Wide Open: The Practice of Contemplative Photography

    By Kathy Keary For years I have captured the beauty of nature on my camera. As I look through my photos, I see breathtaking sunsets, the vastness of oceans, the immense varieties of trees, flowers, and faces, the splendor of mountains, and the density of forests. I am particularly drawn to paths as they speak […]

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    The Seven Appearances of Jesus after the Resurrection: #2 Gathering in the Upper Room

    Welcome back to Precious Blood Renewal Center for our second Eastern meditation. Today we will join the Apostles who were gathered in the Upper Room on the first day of the week after the death and burial of Jesus. Our meditation today will focus on a reading from the Gospel of John 20:19-23. In the […]

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    Adding Your Own Color: The Contemplative Practice of Art Journaling

    By Kathy Keary The beauty of creation never ceases to amaze me. I am awestruck when I see a colorful sunset. I find the thousands of stars that grace a dark country sky breathtaking. Trees in all seasons of the year captivate me. The roaring of the ocean finds me spellbound. Flowers of many colors […]

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    The Seven Appearances of Jesus after the Resurrection: #1 Mary Magdalene at the Tomb

    Happy Easter from Precious Blood Renewal Center in Liberty, Missouri! Christ is risen! Alleluia! Let us rejoice! We hope you had a chance to celebrate Easter Sunday by means of a livestream either from your own parish church or from one of the televised Easter Masses. Easter is the most important day of our liturgical […]

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    Writing from the Heart: The Contemplative Practice of Journaling

    Contemplative practices connect our souls intimately with the divine that lives within us. Over time we begin to mirror our inherent likeness to the One who created us and delights in us. Contemplation can give a seeking soul an experience of a felt sense of the Living God within. This experience is always a precious […]

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    Update: Watch Taize Prayer Service Now, Here

    Join the Precious Blood Renewal Center team for a Good Friday prayer service in the Taize style. Taizé Prayer is sung, ecumenical community prayer. It originated with a monastic community in France and has spread to numerous spots around the world. The prayer service uses chant melodies and simple accompaniment along with moments of silence […]

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    Lent Video Six – Meditation for Holy Thursday: ‘Remember Me As You Come Into Your Kingdom’

    Special Note for Thursday’s Video Meditation: Please bring a crucifix that you can hold in your hands. As you settle into your place of prayer, Fr. Ron Will asks you to relax. Take a couple of deep breaths. Inhale the presence of God. Exhale any anxiety or stress you have in your body. Be present […]

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    Using Imagination in Prayer

    In his book The Universal Christ, Richard Rohr recalls the wisdom of Elizabeth Barrett Browning: “Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God; but only he who sees takes off his shoes…” A life of contemplation opens us to the possibility to be among those who see and instinctively take off their […]

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    Lent Video Five – Meditation for Tuesday of Holy Week: “Only a Shadow of You Love”

    Today, Tuesday of Holy Week, Fr. Ron Will helps us pray and mediate on the Stations of the Cross. The stations, also known as the Way of the Cross or Via Crucis in Latin, is an ancient tradition in Catholicism. The stations are a series of 14 vignettes portraying events in the Passion of Christ, […]

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    Contemplative Prayer: The Five Steps of Visio Divina

    By Kathy Keary The tapestry shown above hangs in my home and has sparked numerous moments of deep reflection and prayer over the past several years. Various elements of the picture have stood out to me at different times depending on what is happening in my life at that moment. There are times when I […]

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    Lent Video Four — Guided Meditation: ‘Traveling in the Dust of the Rabbi’

    Today Fr. Ron Will is going to lead you in a guided meditation. He will start by reading a passage from the Gospel of Mark (Mark 1:29-34). Here’s the text to help you prepare. On leaving the synagogue he entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with […]

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    Contemplative Prayer: The Five Steps of Lectio Divina

    By Kathy Keary In our series, An Invitation to Something New, contemplation has been described as the awareness and attention to all of life through which we discover the embrace of God’s love. But how do we become people who embrace the reality that all of life and creation are sacred? How do we come […]

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    Lent Video Three – Absorbed into the Teacher’s Way

    When Jesus called his first disciples, he didn’t invite them just to attend his public lectures, but to join him, to live with him, to share meals with him, to pray with him, to teach with him, and to serve the poor with him. To share life with him. The image above depicts Jesus’ call […]

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    Out of Contemplation Grows Action

    By Kathy Keary “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” —Matthew 11:28 The stress in our world today can be overwhelming. We find no solace by turning on the news to learn the latest developments of the pandemic that is wreaking havoc not only across the […]

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    Lent Video Two — Guided Meditation: ‘I Call You My Friend’

    The Season of Lent always invites us to encounter God on a deeper, more personal level. Today, Fr. Ron Will is going to lead you in a guided meditation. Today we will be doing more than wading in a shallow pool. We will step into the deep waters of relationship. We will move beyond reciting […]

  • When Your Soul Yearns and Pines

    By Kathy Keary In this article, we will reflect on the Sacred Word that speaks of divine love, God’s desire to be in communion with us, and the yearning in our heart to find the living God deep within. It might be helpful for you to read out loud the Scripture passages that are referenced. […]

  • Lent Video One — God’s Invitation: Turn to Me

    The mission statement for Precious Blood Renewal Center declares that this is “a safe and sacred place for healing and hope, reconciliation and renewal.” The challenge we face today is how to invite folks into this sacred place when so many of us are under orders to stay home, to shelter in place and to […]

  • It’s All About the Kiss

    By Kathy Keary Just picture it: God kissing your soul before placing it in your body. Isn’t that beautiful? This is how some mystics through the ages have spoken about divine union. With that kiss, God placed in each of us a desire for communion with the divine. Throughout life we have a recollection of […]

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    An Invitation to Something New

    By Kathy Keary The most transforming event of my life remains when my daughter and I lost our house and the majority of our belongings in a fire eighteen years ago. As I drove away from the remains of our once-cozy home, I wholeheartedly knew that I was embarking on a life-changing spiritual journey. I […]

  • A stunning image: Pope Francis on a lonely pilgrimage

    ROME — A stunning photo of Pope Francis on a lonely pilgrimage. Seemingly alone, Francis in fact walks with the entire Catholic community, the community of all believers and of all people of good will. It is a symbol of our times. With Italy on lockdown and Rome streets almost deserted, Pope Francis left the […]

  • What is a Silent Directed Retreat? Part 4

    By Fr. Ron Will, CPPS Here we go with our next installment in this series about silent directed retreats. In Part 1, we talked about what a directed retreat is, and in Parts 2 and 3, we looked at some expectations about prayer during the retreat. Let’s continue to look at prayer, but from an […]

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    Some advice for Lent: Be a kind person!

    Fr. James Martin, the Jesuit priest, author and editor at large at America magazine, suggests that instead of giving something up for Lent to do something positive instead. Click on a date to preview our programs. And he gets very specific in an article titled “This Lent, don’t be a jerk.” What is something positive? […]

  • What is a Silent Directed Retreat? Part 3

    By Fr. Ron Will, CPPS Over the last few days, we’ve been looking at what a silent directed retreat is and what to expect while you’re on a retreat. Let’s continue to look at some questions you might have. Third question: How does it begin? Click on a date to preview our programs. Powered by […]

  • Try This Exercise: No Swearing this Lent

    Renée Darline Roden says she’s giving up swearing for Lent. A self-identified fan of salty language, Roden says, “Just as I set aside my precious stash of Dove Chocolates, I am putting my favorite four-letter words back in the pantry until Lent is over.” Click on a date to preview our programs. The reason why […]

  • What do you do after the ashes rub off?

    Catholics — as well as many other denominations of Christians — fill churches on Ash Wednesday, even though it is not a “holy day of obligation.” They are drawn to it. In recent years, many churches have literally taken the ashes into the streets, applying ashes to the foreheads of all who want them. The […]

  • What is a Silent Directed Retreat? Part 2

    By Fr. Ron Will, CPPS This is the second part of a series of short articles looking at silent directed retreats. In Part 1, we talked about what a silent directed retreat is. In short, at such a retreat, there is only one’s conversation with God. The retreat director helps you listen to God. Click […]

  • Lent calls us to ‘the side of another’

    The Greek word parakletos, often translated as “advocate,” “counselor” or “comforter,” is literally “one called to the side of another.” It is the word Jesus uses at the Last Supper when he tells his disciples, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always …  I will not […]

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    Boredom can be a window to a sunnier day

    Do you ever get bored? That might not be a bad thing. Click on a date to preview our programs. Boredom can have its upsides, writes Neel Burton for the online journal Aeon. Burton, a psychiatrist and philosopher at the University of Oxford, says “Boredom can be our way of telling ourselves that we are […]

  • What is a Silent Directed Retreat? Part 1

    By Fr. Ron Will, CPPS You have probably seen notices and emails advertising our Directed Retreat programs. You may have wondered what these are all about. Maybe you’ve even considered scheduling one for yourself, but you’re not sure what a directed retreat is or if you should make one. Well, over the next several days, […]

  • Contemplative media students reclaim attention and compassion

    In a posting on the daily blog for Tricycle, Liz Kineke writes about Kevin Healey, an associate professor of media studies at the University of New Hampshire, who incorporates contemplative practices into his coursework. “His unusual approach to pedagogy grew out of his students’ interest in yoga and meditation and a wider growing concern around […]

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    How to pray when you’re hurting

    “How do you pray when you’re hurting” is a theme Sarah Garone explores in her latest essay on the website Busted Halo. She begins: “Whether you’re laid low with something acute, like the flu, or something chronic you struggle with all year long, it can be tough to find comfort for your soul when your […]

  • Facilitating Circles for Compassionate Communication

    Circles hold the power to create a harmonious environment fostering a spirit of peace and understanding of others. by Kathy Keary The richness of communicating in a circle has been known since ancient times when people gathered around a fire to keep warm and safe and to cook their food. From this history, the circle […]

  • The Play of Light: A Meditation

    The following video was created by photographer Winterbottom and the music composed by Danyal Dhondy. You can use these brilliant images and beautiful music as a visual mediation. Just turn off the lights, watch, listen and then sit in silence for several minutes. No words necessary. Stained glass time lapse, Washington National Cathedral from Colin […]

  • Support and encouragement for people living with chronic illness

    By Kathy Keary The Circle of Love was created to provide support, encouragement and hope in a safe environment for people living with chronic illnesses. When people realize that they are not alone in their struggle, they often experience a sense of relief and encouragement. We begin each session with meditative prayer. Meditative prayer is […]

  • We are baptized for mission

    Fr. Thomas Reese is a Jesuit priest, former editor of America magazine. and now a news columnist for Religion News Service. He is best known for his analysis of politics and public policy from a faith perspective and for his commentary on issues in the Catholic church. Every once in awhile he writes a column […]

  • Advent: Welcoming Jesus, the refugee

    By The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach The story we tell at Christmastime of the Holy Family is not so different from the story of families today. There was no welcome in Bethlehem for the Holy Family after their long journey, so they were forced to sleep in a barn (Lk 2:7). Violence and […]

  • A Taste of Advent Resources

    We would, of course, like to see you at our Advent Day of Prayer on Dec. 14, when we’ll be guided through Matthew’s infancy narrative by Fr. Ron Will, C.PP.S., but we also recognize there are many resources available for doing deeper into Advent, this most spiritual of seasons. Here’s a short list of some […]

  • You live on stolen land: a true Thanksgiving story

    By Dennis Coday A teacher who was a guest on a  National Public Radio show Nov. 24 described a scene I could remember from my childhood and my children’s elementary days too. Michelle Portera, an 18-year veteran teacher described how she used to celebrate Thanksgiving in her first grade classrooms: You make the Native American […]

  • Renewal Center Hosts RCIA retreats

    By Dennis Coday This year the Renewal Center offered two days of reflection for RCIA sponsors and inquirers from parishes in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. About 65 people attended the November 2 event, which was presented by Precious Blood Fr. Ron Will, Director of Spirituality for […]

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    Parent Café opens at Renewal Center

    By Dennis Coday Precious Blood Resource Services and Precious Blood Renewal Center are teaming up to help people faced with the challenges (and joys!) of raising children. The two provincial ministries will be hosting Parent Cafes that are open to anyone who has the responsibility of raising children: parents, grandparents, foster parents, aunts and uncles, […]

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    Lectors are God’s mouthpiece

    By Fr. Ron Will CPPS Scripture is a door through which you can experience God “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the one who brings good news, announcing salvation.” —Isaiah 52:7 God longs to speak to his people. Lectors are his mouthpiece. If you’ve accepted the responsibility to be a lector, do […]

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    Celebrating diversity and community Dec 10

    The Human Family Reunion Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 6-8:30 p.m. Precious Blood Renewal Center in Liberty, Mo. By Ed Chasteen I taught Race and Ethnic Relations every fall and Cultural Anthropology every spring at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, for many years beginning in the mid-1960s. My students would spend 15 weeks studying […]

  • Meditation apps might calm you — but miss the point of mindfulness

    The market has been flooded with apps related to Buddhism and most of them claim to teach meditation. akiragiulia (pixabay.com) By Gregory Grieve and Beverley McGuire In today’s stressful world, mindfulness – a type of popular spirituality that strives to focus on the present moment – promises to soothe away the anxiety and stress of […]

  • The challenge of proclaiming the Good News

    “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the one who brings good news, announcing salvation.” —Isaiah 52:7 By Fr. Ron Will, CPPS Every Sunday during church, we listen to a reading from the Gospels. On any given Sunday, I am willing to bet, the average churchgoer can’t remember what they just heard five […]

  • What is a Circle of Understanding?

    By Jean Swymeler The Precious Blood Renewal Center began hosting Circles of Understanding a couple years ago. Our promotional material describes the circles as “where people from all faiths, races, cultures, ideologies, ways of life, and backgrounds are welcomed and celebrated.” The circles fit our mission, which is to be a safe and sacred place […]

  • Pew report finds older US Christians being quickly replaced by young ‘nones’

    The latest report from Pew Research, released Oct. 17, shows a dramatic decline in American religious habits over the course of a decade. Highlights from the report are available in this article from Religion News Service: Two-thirds (65%) of Americans describe themselves as Christians, down from 77% in 2009. The number of Americans who say […]

  • Precious Blood Contributions to the Vatican Synod on the Amazon

    by Dennis Coday You’ve probably seen news about the synod of bishops meeting at the Vatican this month to discuss issues that impact the church in the Amazon region of South America. (See for example, Pope Francis opens Amazon synod, says to ‘light the fire of the Gospel’ in the region.) But did you know there […]

  • In a love deficit culture, we ask ‘Where is love?’

    By Fr. Alan Hartway I remember back in high school at Precious Blood Seminary, that we staged the Broadway musical, “Oliver!” with what talent such as we had. I really remember only two of the songs. First was “Food, Glorious Food!” — of course — and the other “Where is Love?” sung by one of […]

  • What Islam teaches about Mary

    A couple years ago, Jesuit Fr. Francis X. Clooney, a professor of divinity at Harvard University, wrote a series of articles in America magazine exploring Islam in general and the Quran in specific. He did this to help combat what he called “dangerous ignorance” about another faith tradition. He called the series “A Catholic Reads […]

  • The world needs to recover fierce and unrelenting love

    By Fr. Alan Hartway Set me as a seal on your heart, As a seal on your arm; For stern as death is love, Relentless as the nether world is devotion; Its flames are a blazing fire. — Song of Songs 8, 6 This verse today is often used at weddings; occasionally partially engraved on […]

  • What the world needs now …

    “What the world needs now, is love, sweet love It’s the only thing there’s just too little of …” By Fr. Alan Hartway The verse above is from the 1965 hit by Jackie deShannon. The song is actually a prayer addressed to the Lord when the full lyrics are read. The need for love is […]

  • Christians, Muslims strive to better understand one another’s beliefs and practices

    Earlier this year, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago met with Sheikh Abdur Rahman Khan, leader of the Shariah Council of the Islamic Circle of North America. The two are co-chairs of the National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue, which is sponsored by the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. They […]