Martha Ministry of Spirituality
CELEBRATING THE PRESENCE OF GOD THROUGH THE SENSES

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER
Have you ever been to Spain? I do not know how the season of Autumn presents itself in that beautiful country. I do know, however, how Autumn/Fall gently lands on us and makes her presence felt in Canada. I have lived in many provinces in our great land and still believe that Nova Scotia provides our souls and our senses with the richest feast of beauty! 
Now, how did I begin in Spain? As I was walking around our beautiful property feasting on the blaze of color of the leaves and the sky, listening to and being touched by the breezes, hearing the water ripple in the pond, smelling the rich earth and gazing in wonder at the harvest brought about by our New Growers for our nourishment, I thought that St. Ignatius of Loyola may have had the same experience in his environment. This may have led him to develop the exercise called the Application of the Senses. This exercise is presented as the retreatant contemplates the Incarnation.
 The Word of God is, of course, presented to us in Scripture; it is also spoken through human relationships and through the beauty of creation. The Word is also alive and active as we embrace the change of seasons and celebrate the action of God in the transformation of our earth, and of ourselves. The gift of our senses allows us to see, touch, taste, smell and hear this transformation taking place. It does not matter if we are in Spain, or in Antigonish, God speaks in various ways and has given us all we need to stand in awe at the sound of God’s voice. As I walk, I say with Annie Dillard who ended her book, The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek with the words “My right foot says 'Alleluia' and my left foot says 'Amen'.
- Sr. Claire MacNeil
Prayer for Creation:

We pray in thanksgiving for Mother Earth, in whom all life is rooted, Brother Sun whose energy radiates life, Sister Water who nurtures and revives us, and co-creatures with whom we live, and for whom we are called to till and keep this garden. Creative Spirit, enlighten our hearts and remain with our world.
Centering Prayer Group:

We were delighted to be able to welcome back to our space the Centering Prayer Group on October 2. The key word now is adaptation! We brought the group together at our Resource Center where we could maintain social distancing in a prayerful setting. Each person was happy and grateful to pray together again.
Centering Prayer Workshop:

We will be offering a Centering Prayer Workshop this year for those who may wish to learn about Centering Prayer and also those who wish to deepen in the practice. The first workshop will be on March 15,2021. 

For those who may wish to have a bit of help in the practice, please refer to the following app:
Spiritual Direction: 
Through the wonders of Zoom, we have been able to continue with the ministry of Spiritual Direction. Anyone who wishes to avail themselves of that ministry please call 902-863-4726. That number is also the one for all other registrations for any programs you may wish to attend.
Hermitages:
We have opened our Hermitages again and are grateful that they are used much of the time. If you wish to spend time in silence and solitude with our Creator God, please check our brochure below to find out how to register.
45 Bay St. Antigonish, NS, B2G2G6
phone: 902-863-4726
email: spirituality.bethany@themarthas.com