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A New Heart

“A new heart I will give you,
and a new spirit I will put within you;
and I will remove from your body the heart of stone
and give you a heart of flesh.”
(Ezekiel 36:26)

Photo by Rose Hoover, rc (with the kind help of NASA)It is never out of season to pray for the promised new heart. Lent, however, gives us a special opportunity to focus on God’s desire to transform our hearts into the heart of Jesus.  Thus may we “become participants of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). It is a breathtaking thought, but true: God invites us to share the divine life. This is our call.

It has been said that we become what we contemplate. So this Lenten season, we may ask for the grace of beholding the beauty of Christ in our daily lives, realizing of course, that our vision is limited and our attention will often stray. But each time we are distracted let us turn back, allowing the Spirit to transform us, for we read:

“All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord who is the Spirit.”  (2 Corinthians 3:18)

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By the way, if you are in the Chicago area, you might check out the Lenten Retreat I will be leading the weekend of March 10-12. The theme is: “Resting in the Heart of God.” You can find information here.

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The photo, "Christ the Heart of the Universe," is by Rose Hoover, rc, with the help of NASA's public domain space images.

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June 6-16, 2016
Cost: $2,100.00 (not including airfare) 

A Ten-Day Contemplative Art Retreat using art as a language of prayer will take place at the Cenacle Retreat Center located in beautiful Tuscany. No art experience is needed, just a desire to open yourself to this spiritual practice of art-prayer. Retreat days form a balance of input, studio time, personal time for reflection, plus visits to Assisi, LaVerna, and other local art treasures. Some walking required. Space is limited. Contact: Sr. Peg Lane at peglanerc@aol.com Phone: (773) 528-6300.

We share our gratitude and joy as we prepare to celebrate our 12th anniversary of the Praying with Art Retreat held at the Cenacle in Tuscany. Participants from 24 states and 6 countries have experienced the blessings of this international experience. Why not come and join us? 

Download Day Trip details , registration form

Staff:
Luciana Duce-Dugan is a fine artist and spiritual director originally from New York, but now living in Deerfield Beach, Florida. A multi-media artist, Luciana teaches painting, collage and art journaling. She received her Masters in Fine Arts from New York University and studied extensively at the Art Students' League in New York. Sr. Barbara Ehrler and Sr. Peg Lane are both Cenacle Sisters live and minister in Chicago, IL and serve as spiritual directors and co-organizers for these programs.
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