The Guest House

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each Read more…

Hammocked

Written by Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan, Visitation Alumna ’93 Sacred space, when analog time holds no meaning, life suspends itself like a hammock between two rooted trees swaying in the breeze between here and there, between before and after, swaying into that intimate space of the present. When all you can Read more…

Surprised by Joy

Written by Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan, Visitation Alumna A young woman discerning her life said, “I remember adults asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up?” She recalled a moment when her mom suggested a vocation based on her interests. This exchange set a path for her from Read more…

Word of Mouth-Something to Meditate On

Written by Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan, Visitation Alumna Sunday we attended mass at Ascension. After listening to Father Michael O’Connell’s voice read the Gospel with beauty and conviction we listened to him unpack the following scene: “Where did this man get all this?What kind of wisdom has been given him?What mighty deeds are Read more…

The Vowed Life

Written by Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan, Visitation Alumna Where do our vows begin? Practicing our commitments start long before they are actualized. Long before we may even know what we want to become or more importantly who we are to become. In the green carpet of closely shaved grass I watched Read more…

Geographical Discernment

Written by Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan, Visitation Alumna Yesterday, I was in Collegeville, MN having a conversation about monastic vocations and young people. No sooner was I in the midst of what twenty-somethings are passionate about and who they are today, than I was thrown back into who I was then, Read more…

Expectation & Intention

Written by Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan, Visitation Alumna What is the difference between the two you might ask, (and I had some ask after my last post regarding attachment)? With intentions you imagine and invite what you hope for into your life or situation, but there is room, sometimes ample room Read more…

Attachment

The other day I had a moment where I was invited to look at my attachment to a situation, to look at the expected outcomes I had, and why I was so frustrated when my expectations were not met. When I slowed down to look at my own frustration, I Read more…