December 1, 2001 Vol. 15, No. 4 [p. 2]

Round and About

Copier:  As we wrote in our last newsletter, our Mita copier that served us well for 14 years breathed its last. We purchased a Rico Aficio 180 and are presently feeling 'copier-challenged' as we struggle to take advantage of all its capabilities. Thanks to grant money from the N D Rupp Foundation we were able to purchase it outright and also make our final payment on the computers.

Knights of Columbus volunteers

Volunteers:  We continue to be supported and assisted by many friends. Pictured [left] are the Knights of Columbus from Annunciation Parish in Columbus as they take a break from the yard work on November 10. Tony Torrez, center with sun glasses, spearheaded the group. Young, middle-aged, and older came to offer their muscle for the day.

November 17 a teen group from St. Joseph, Starkville organized by Karen McFadyen, came to continue the yard work. Pine straw this fall is plentiful!! This year we also praise God for the plentiful supply of pecans!

Annual Appeal:  I want to thank all of you who have contributed to our annual appeal. Our principal goal was to retire the loan on our staff house. We have made serious inroads into that, and ya'll will be the first to know when it's complete. Listen for the cheers coming from east central Mississippi!!

New Board Member:  The Dwelling Place, Inc. welcomes Elaine Fish to the Corporation board as its newest member replacing Morag Burgess as vice-president. The board meets quarterly and is actively involved in administration of The Dwelling Place.

What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly but does not take place within myself?

What good is it to me if Mary is full of grace and I am not also full of grace?

What good is to me for the Creator to give birth to the divine Son if I do not also give birth to Christ in my time and my culture?

This then is the fullness of time.

When the Son of God is begotten in us"

[ Meister Eckhard ]

The Other Way to Listen

"Be Still and Know that I am God."

Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnell have written a children's book called THE OTHER WAY TO LISTEN. This is the story of an old man who had a special way of hearing. He was able to hear wildflower seeds burst open, rocks murmur, and hills sing. He knew "the other way to listen" and thought it the most natural thing in the world. The story is about a child who wants to be able to hear the trees and hills and hopes to learn the old man's secret way of listening.

This is what he learned. First, you must step outside yourself. Focus completely on what it is you are listening to, whether that is another person, something in nature, or even silence. Learning to listen takes lots of practice. You will need to devote yourself to this skill over a long period of time. You must really, really LISTEN. For many of us The Dwelling Place is not only a place of solitude but also a place for learning to listen-- to the depths of ourselves, to the call of the Spirit within.

Listen to the urging to come into the silence.

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