Springbank Retreat: the South's center for 'healing self, healing earth'

On a mild day in December, I found myself at Springbank Retreat in Kingstree, S.C. – sitting in a tipi. I’d never expected to usher in the new year at a Native American pipe ceremony, but I was moved, and honored, to participate.

I’d been looking for a spiritual place to get away for a few days after Christmas and write. I found Springbank on the Internet and wrote to director Sr. Trina McCormick, who told me to come on down.

How We Remember: A reflection on the “The Dying Gaul” on the Feast of St. Benedict

Celebration Publications: When I read that “The Dying Gaul” was on display at the National Gallery of Art, I decided I had to see this glimpse of a vanished people, these Gauls I had read about in graduate school, now lost in the mists of time.

What Christmas is all about

Christmas: In the bustle of the holiday shopping and commercialism, it's easy to forget that Christmas doesn't end at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 25.

Book Review

'The freshly tilled soil of broken-open souls'

By Robert J. Wicks
Published by Sorin Books, $20

Although we may often try to repress them, our negative emotions and vulnerabilities can bring us closer to God if we allow ourselves to retain “a sense of intrigue” about our feelings and ourselves. So says prolific spirituality writer Robert Wicks in his recent book Prayerfulness: Awakening to the Fullness of Life.