Pray with us

The staff and Board of Directors of Cranaleith Spiritual Center invite all those who are distressed to join us in prayer on Friday, January 8 from 4:30-5:00pm (via Zoom). Together, we will bring our grief and anguish before the merciful heart of God.

Meeting Id: 869 9107 7336
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Statement from the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
As a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy, we share their official statement on the events of January 6:

The Institute Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas strongly denounces the violence and disrespect exhibited on Wednesday, January 6, by insurgents who stormed the U.S. Capitol. This hateful and intentional behavior, meant to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power that is central to our democracy, is deplorable and totally disregards Gospel values and the principles of other faiths and people of good will. This deliberate assault on the soul of our nation shattered trust and common purpose while stoking suspicion, fear and division.

Read the full statement
Building Community
Did you know Cranaleith is part of a network of retreat centers across the country? Check out this video from the Retreat Center Collaboration (RCC) to see how retreat centers are uniquely positioned to create and cultivate community during these difficult times.

Opportunities for Growth in 2021
Start the new year with hope!
Connect with God, other seekers and great ideas
at one of our online programs.
Conversations between Generations
Thursday, January 14, 6:30-8:30pm

Categorizing people by their generation can be useful in some ways, but it can also blind us to our common humanity. Join in a Spirit-infused evening of conversation about the “big picture” questions of life as well as pressing issues of our day. 
Sign up with a friend/family member from another generation (18+).
Deep River: African American Spirituality
Saturday, January 16,

Explore the richness and depth in Scripture centuries of songs, writings, poetry and commentaries on
Spirituals by African Americans.
Remembering MLK:
View excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letters from a Birmingham Jail"
Listen from Home:
Take My Hand, Precious Lord" by Ledisi, Selma, 2015
"The Global Ode to Joy" by the Stay at Home Choir and Marin Alsop
"Peace Train" by Cat Stevens
Poetry from Home:
"Patient Trust"
by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability – and that it may take a very long time.
And so, I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually – let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.

"Bare Tree"
by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Already I have shed the leaves of youth,
stripped by the wind of time down to the truth
of winter branches. Linear and alone
I stand, a lens for lives beyond my own,
a frame through which another's fire may glow,
a harp on which another's passion, blow.
The pattern of my boughs, an open chart
spread on the sky, to others may impart
its leafless mysteries that I once prized,
before bare roots and branches equalized,
tendrils that tap the rain or twigs the sun
are all the same, shadow and substance one.
Now that my vulnerable leaves are cast aside,
there's nothing left to shield, nothing to hide.
Blow through me, Life, pared down at last to bone,
so fragile and so fearless have I grown! 

Reflect from Home
The Baptism of the Lord, Cycle B Isaiah 55:1-11 and Mark 1:7-11

How could a person not see another’s pain and help? What else could be more important? Too often, we see what we want to see. This elective seeing is a problem in our relationship with our fellow human beings and simultaneously in our relationship with God.  

Listen here to the podcast.

Resources From Home

Community Support

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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. 

Individual retreats available -- both online and onsite options! Call Maria DiBello, RSM, at 215-934-6206 or visit our website www.cranaleith.org/retreats to learn more.

Connect With Us Online 
Get daily prayers, reflections, blog posts and images from our beautiful property via our website and social media channels.

Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Cranaleith offers a contemplative space for all those seeking wholeness and transformation for themselves and society. We are committed to making Cranaleith accessible to all, especially to persons who are poor and those who work in solidarity with them. We invite those at the center of need and those at the center of influence to reflection, reverent dialogue and meaningful partnerships. Please help us support our work.
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