June 4, 2020

And everywhere I go around the nation, I see and hear the hurt.
And I ask people everywhere, "Tell me, where does it hurt?" 
Do you see and feel the hurt that I see and feel? -- Ruby Sales, Civil Rights Leader

Dear Friends:

Last week, this introduction invited everyone to set our imaginations free for the newness we ached to see in our suffering world. We were asked to ponder the dreams and visions incubating during this time of darkness imposed by Covid-19. We knew ourselves together as one in the crushing grief we shared. We longed for the moment when it would be safe to breathe, and to feel the warmth of one another's touch. On Pentecost, we leaned into the story of One Who breathed peace on us, urging us to touch His wounds in one another. As a people of faith, we reveled in the tender mercy breathing unrelenting hope over the face of earth where it least seemed possible.
But another horrendous story broke out among us this week, one that is part of a 400-year old stranglehold on our nation. A knee pressed down on a human being as he cried out to breathe free. As the wound of injustice and inequity was once again laid bare and ripped open, fires of rage and pain blazed.
We at Cranaleith join you in prayer for healing of the agonizing wound we share, even as we take up the cry for life rising from so many in our society. We join in the lament over so many lives lost unjustly. We ask for courage to look into the face of the ugliness of racism that is unmasked, and to see ourselves in the blindness and privilege that perpetuates it. We draw on one another's hope and resolve as we embrace the new story we dare to imagine...a story of justice and compassion for all our brothers and sisters.
Our summer program series, Forgiveness as Gift, Journey, Healing Agent, Transforming Power, with Scott Hutchinson, can strengthen our hope and our resolve. Please join us, for the journey of healing is arduous and graced. The Merciful One Who breathes ceaselessly among us calls us to begin again.  

Cranaleith Staff
Photo by Marge Worstall
Meanwhile at Cranaleith
Marge Worstall is a retreatant who visits our property regularly for walks. We noticed her amazing photos on social media and asked her to share a few with us here. 

"I hope these photos can convey the peacefulness I feel when I'm on the grounds of Cranaleith," she wrote. " I discovered this place when I was going through a difficult time. In every season I find my peace here. I just need to be still and listen." Click to view a gallery of her photos

Reflect From Home
God is constantly finding ways to share with us the love we need to actualize Tamika Palmer's call. "We can and we will make some real change here. Now is the time. Let's make it happen, but safely."

  •  Sit with God's name from Ex 34:6 and let the love enfold you. What happens for you? 
  • How will you take action today for the continual renewal of your life and the work of reconciliation?

From Good News 4 You by  Bernadette Rudolph
Listen From Home
View a special message from Cranaleith Board Chairman Steve Hart

A Message from Steve Hart, Cranaleith Board Chair

Give From Home

Please consider Cranaleith if you are able to make a donation of any size, either by mail or online. Learn more or go to: 
Retreat From Home

In this time of COVID-19, when physical distancing is the order of the day, Cranaleith is offering new programs  online via Zoom .  

Sunday, June 14 and Sunday, July 26, 1-2:30 p.m. Cost: $15

Four-Part Program
Wednesdays, June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 7-9 p.m. 

Series: Register for one or all
Thursdays, June 18 & 25, July 2 & 9, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  

Wednesday, August 5, 12 and 19, 7-8:30 p.m.

A Prayer for Forgiveness
Alas, dear Christ, the Dragon is here again.
Alas, he is here: terror has seized me, and fear.
Alas that I ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge.
Alas that his envy led me to envy too.
I did not become like God; I was cast out of Paradise.
Temper, sword, awhile, the heat of your flames
and let me go again about the garden,
entering with Christ, a thief from another tree.
-St. Gregory Nazianzus

Resources from Home

Spiritual Direction
We are still offering Spiritual Direction via phone and teleconferencing.  Contact Cathy Maguire, RSM at cmaguire@cranaleith.org or  215-858-6239.  Psychotherapy is also available. Please contact  Leslie Porreca, RSM, LCSW.  Learn more

Community Support
Rooted in a tradition of care and compassion, the mission of CORA Services is to assist children, youth and families experiencing  emotional, academic and social challenges.

Learn From Home
As we welcome the call to redemption for the painful legacy of racism, the resources below can open the eyes of our hearts. Please consider pondering  them. We would love to share your feedback and/or other suggestions here. Contact us at  info@cranaleith.org.  
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