January 30, 2021
Greetings from the Hermitage!
As we begin this new year 2021 of Our Lord, I wanted to let you know the dates of the various RCH events throughout this year, so you may mark your calendars already:
Saturday June 5th: Spring Volunteer Work Day
Saturday June 19th: Annual Potluck Picnic
Saturday August 21st: Annual Hog Roast Fundraiser
Saturday September 4th: Fall Volunteer Work Day
Tuesday November 30th: Giving Tuesday Facebook Campaign
Tuesday December 14th: Colorado Gives Campaign
Details on each event will follow a few weeks before it.
On this occasion, let me share with you an inspiring thought I recently read, which enlightens the purpose of our nurturing of the RCH (and, especially, using it!!):
This [our mission in the world] does not mean ignoring the need for moments of quiet, solitude and silence before God. Quite the contrary. The presence of constantly new gadgets, the excitement of travel and an endless array of consumer goods at times leave no room for God’s voice to be heard. We are overwhelmed by words, by superficial pleasures and by an increasing din, filled not by joy but rather by the discontent of those whose lives have lost meaning. How can we fail to realize the need to stop this rat race and to recover the personal space needed to carry on a heartfelt dialogue with God? Finding that space may prove painful but it is always fruitful. (Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World, #29).
You’re always welcome to stop your “rat race” at the RCH, even though only for a day or two!
Br. Francis of the Child Jesus
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