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In This Issue
  • Sacred Space
  • Annual Giving Campaign
  • Nourishment for the Body & Soul
  • Reflective Benediction

Along the path of life we all have moments when we need temporary respite to heal, grieve, restore our body, mind and spirit. 

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Nourishment for the Body & Soul

Give the Gift that keeps on giving this holiday season, by purchasing a Well of Mercy Cookbook 


Not only will you will be affirming Well’s position on serving healthy nutritious food but your purchase will help with Well’s sustainability.  


Favorite Guest Recipes:

 

Chilled Chicken Quinoa


3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed

1 cup quinoa

1 ½ cups chicken broth

4-5 green onions, chopped

1 can chick peas, drained

1 red pepper, chopped

½ - 1 cup raisins

½ lemon, juiced

1/3 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon curry

5 drops Tabasco

3 pinches garlic powder

Salt to taste

 

Prepare quinoa in chicken broth instead of water according to box directions.  Stir in chicken, onions, chick peas, red pepper and raisins.

 

In a separate bowl, mix together lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, curry, Tabasco, garlic and salt.  Pour over chicken quinoa mixture.  Toss and refrigerate overnight, if possible.

 

Cauliflower Rice with Dill

Using food processor, grate the cauliflower; it looks kind of like rice.

Ingredients:

1 head cauliflower, grated in a food processor

1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Pinch of nutmeg

Dill, parsley, thyme and/or lemon zest

Optional:  Use curry, garam masala and/or turmeric in place of other herbs

Directions:

In a large pan, heat the oil and add cauliflower

Sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Season with salt, pepper, garam masala or nutmeg and dill or parsley and thyme.  You can add the zest of a lemon with any herb to taste.

Karin Sawhill, Cook, Well of Mercy

 

Reflective Benediction

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May the past be a light of benediction on thy present,


May the present be a radiant searchlight on thy future,


May the future be a beautiful haven of well-earned rest.


 Amen.  


- Olive Wrightsman Gott

Well of Mercy Mission Statement


Well of Mercy, a ministry of hospitality and healing sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, provides a quiet sanctuary for adults seeking right relationship with self, others, God and creation. By offering spiritual companionship, emotional support, respectful acceptance and sacred space, Well of Mercy contributes to the rest and renewal of its guests.

Well of Mercy Amenities Include

Chapel of Mercy
Outdoor Labyrinth
Walking Trails
Energy Balancing
Massage
Spiritual Direction
Reflections

Welcome to the first issue of our e-newsletter, REFLECTIONS

 

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For us, this is a new means of staying connected with our expanding guest-family.  Our goal is to keep you informed of the progress of the Well of Mercy Ministry while offering you opportunities for reflection. 

 

We hope you enjoy!


Sacred Space

 

Set miles outside the hustle and bustle of the urban and suburban N.C. landscape there is a space devoted to serenity and quiet reflection.  You know it well.  Others, yet to experience the healing power of this ministry may not. 

 

Inevitably when guests arrive at Well of Mercy they may become aware that they are standing in a very unique space.... a sacred space.  

 

Often the question comes to mind "how do I conduct myself in such a place"? The answer is pretty simple. To help guests feel comfortable and relaxed during their stay, Well of Mercy has created a gentle helpful guideline for new visitors. 

 

We want all guests to feel welcome to pray, meditate, or sit quietly and find their own way to reflect.  We would like to share this piece with you as it will be posted on our website and made available to visitors upon arrival.

 

 

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Be still and know that I am God  [Psalm 46:10]

 

Welcome to the Quiet

 

The space makes all the difference.

 

As the open spaces between the letters help us to make sense of the words, and rests in a piece of music give shape and beauty to the melody, silence and solitude help us to hear the “still, small voice” of God in our hearts and find meaning in our own lives.


As you enter into the sacred space of “holy listening” and “sabbath rest,” know that we are doing our best to keep the environment at Well of Mercy as peaceful and quiet as possible.

 

And we ask you, our guests, to help us minister in the following ways:

 

o   Please maintain  silence in the guest houses and surrounding porches, patios and decks;

o   Please restrict cell phone usage to the parking lot;

o   Walk softly and close doors gently;

o   Leave behind - if possible - computers, tablets, musical instruments, work projects - things that keep you connected to the “noise” of your world;

o   Resist the temptation to “minister to” or “counsel” other retreatants. Remember - you are both here to rest, and to hear God.  Perhaps the best way you can serve the other person is to pray for him/her and trust that God is working in the silence.


Additional thoughts on the quiet:

 

o   If you are not used to quiet and silence, it can seem intimidating at first. However, once you have entered into it, God may touch you in a healing and loving way.

o   Being in silence does not mean that we may not communicate with each other.  Smiles, hugs, nods, tears, etc. all convey our communal bond.

o   As our Quaker friends say, “Speak only if you can improve upon the silence.” If an occasion arises which necessitates speech, then speak as gently and unobtrusively as possible.

o   If you wish to enter more intentionally into silence, feel free to wear a “Thank you for honoring my silence” badge, available in Well House.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to speak to one of the staff. In the meantime,  may you find deep peace and profound blessings in the quiet.


Annual Giving Campaign

We are kicking off the sixteenth year of The Annual Giving Campaign which is the primary fundraising vehicle for the Well of Mercy Ministry.  The money collected from the campaign helps to fund the retreat center’s operating budget.  

We are profoundly mindful of the financial struggles that so many people are facing.  

Well of Mercy also has financial challenges. Contrary to belief, Well of Mercy is not funded by the Catholic Church.  

As a not for profit ministry of the Sisters of Mercy, we depend almost entirely upon financial contributions for salaries, operating expenses and capital improvements.  

While we benefit from guest fees, they do not cover all of the yearly expenses.  

We hope that we can count on your generosity and participation this year. 

Your tax-deductible donation can be made directly online by clicking on the DONATE button below, or you can mail your check.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Please consider making a donation to Well of Mercy in any amount that you can provide.   Our success depends on the generosity of Well friends and family. Together we can achieve the extraordinary~ 

Catherine McAuley-Letter to Father James Maher January 10, 1838

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Help Wanted

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Presently we are looking for a creative individual willing to devote some time to the development of video taped "sound bites" for future newsletters.  

If interested please contact marketing development.  

Speaking of marketing, Well of Mercy Marketing Committee is seeking enthusiastic participants to join the marketing communications committee.   

We hope you will share the blessings of Well of Mercy with others.  Please feel free to forward this newsletter, share the website URL or come visit us!  

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