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

    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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    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 […]

  • 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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

  • 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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    Spiritual Direction by Zoom or Phone

    Feeling a bit disconnected from your spiritual life? Here are two ways to reconnect. During these weeks of “sheltering in place,” have you felt a longing in your heart? Perhaps a desire to feel God’s presence in your life more strongly? Do you wish you had someone with whom to talk about your spiritual desires? […]

  • The Stay-at-Home Directed Retreat — June 26-28

    Feeling a bit disconnected from your spiritual life? Here are two ways to reconnect. During these weeks of “sheltering in place,” have you felt a longing in your heart? Perhaps a desire to feel God’s presence in your life more strongly? Do you wish you had someone with whom to talk about your spiritual desires? […]

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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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    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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    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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

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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 […]

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    A Day with the Sunday Gospels of Matthew Nov 9

    This day is designed for all people, but especially for Lectors and Preachers. For the new liturgical year, which begins with Advent Dec. 1, the Sunday Gospels and 96 weekday readings will use the Gospel of Matthew. Understanding Matthew will enhance your worship for the whole year. What will we study? The day will be […]

  • Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change Oct 14

    Toward Right Relations with Native Peoples A dramatization of the historical interaction between European colonizers and America’s indigenous people Monday October 14th 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $20 suggested donation all proceeds support the right relations project This workshop is for everyone living in America. It was developed in response to call to faith communities issued […]

  • Fall Equinox Celebration: Abundant Harvest Sept 22

    Reconciliation with the earth through planet friendly agriculture Precious Blood Renewal Center celebrates our connectedness to the earth and nature by marking the change of the season. The Fall celebration will be held Sept. 22, 3-5 p.m. Rick Burnette, who has more than three decades of experience in sustainable agriculture, will lead us. Rick will […]