Spiritual Reflections

On Christmas Day

By |2018-10-23T17:28:56+00:00December 25th, 2015|Holiday, Spiritual Reflections|

Christmas Morning Christmas Traditions make the holiday special. Christmas morning is when we gather in the Great Room at Bald Eagle Hospitality House to share Christmas traditions, while our residents enjoy sipping hot chocolate. Every family has their own traditions that make Christmas a special time for them. This is when we gather to reminisce [...]

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Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols

By |2018-10-23T17:30:33+00:00December 24th, 2015|Holiday, Spiritual Reflections|

On Christmas Eve we have a Chapel service of “Lessons and Carols” to celebrate in word and song the events from the Bible that lead up to Christmas. Every day during Advent we practice singing a Christmas carol to prepare residents to participate in the carol singing on Christmas Eve. The Christmas Eve service is [...]

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The Power of “Real”

By |2018-10-23T18:35:35+00:00June 4th, 2014|Spiritual Reflections|

Some would call it human nature, but perhaps it is more accurately described as a human weakness.  I’m referring to our common desire to sugar-coat the truth, making things appear better than they are.  People in recovery know what I am talking about.  To everyone except a select few, the years of active addiction are [...]

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Wrestling with God

By |2018-11-03T13:21:57+00:00January 24th, 2014|Spiritual Reflections|

Over the years I have spoken to many tough and skeptical crowds.  Soon after graduating from university, I was responsible for building an unknown organization called Special Olympics.  Trying to convince parents and professionals that exercise and competition would be good for people with mental disabilities was a hard sell.  I encountered a lot of [...]

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Getting Ready for Christmas

By |2018-10-23T19:19:35+00:00December 24th, 2013|Holiday, Spiritual Reflections|

Christmas is a very special time at St. Joseph Institute. We have been busy preparing for Christmas during the 25 days of Advent. We prepare ourselves spiritually by reviewing the origin and history of Christmas carols. Each morning we set aside a time of prayer and reflection that attunes our hearts and minds to the [...]

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Station 1: Addicts face Abandonment & Rejection

By |2018-11-02T16:39:08+00:00April 3rd, 2013|Spiritual Reflections|

In the next several blogs we'll discuss connections between the Stations of the Cross and the stages of addiction. The first Station is about Jesus' condemnation to death; just like many addicts, He felt a sense of abandonment and rejection. Many people have life experiences which cause them to feel abandoned or rejected. These feelings [...]

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Stations of the Cross for Addiction Recovery

By |2018-11-02T16:38:54+00:00March 20th, 2013|Spiritual Reflections|

The Stations of the Cross is a prayer that facilitates union with God through the passion of Christ. Traditionally, it is a devotion practiced largely by Catholics, particularly on Fridays during the season of Lent. Over the years we’ve come to appreciate this devotion as being far more than a simple recitation of prayers. In [...]

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