October 21, 2014
By Sister Donna Marie Vaillancourt, co-director, Well of Mercy
Well of Mercy is a retreat facility for individuals in Hamptonville, North Carolina, that provides quiet sanctuary for adults seeking right relationship with self, others, God and creation.
Imagine that you are sitting in a quiet spot at Well of Mercy. The fall season has just arrived for a visit. What gifts does she bring? The air provides a fresh coolness. The water in the stream is clearer. You see a beautiful array of colors in the trees and you are able to see deeper into the woods as the trees drop their leaves. Flowers are fading and setting seeds for future growth. Even birds appear different as they begin migrating toward warmer weather.
The reality is that many of us won’t even notice what God, through creation, is saying to us both literally and symbolically. In our lack of awareness we may be missing the messages nature is presenting. This is the sad consequence of busy, noisy, cluttered and demanding lives. Who has time to sit still? Who desires to be alone in the woods? Who wants to still their minds and enter into the quiet? My answer is: people who are too overwhelmed and weary to do one more thing. Read More