53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627
Blog BlogLandingImage.jpg

Lilies of the Field Blog

Category: Blog

The Holy Days of All Saints and All Souls

11/8/2021 | Liz Walz, ASP - Executive Director

  The Holy Days of All Saints and All Souls usher us into the final chapters of our calendar year, even as we approach the birth of a new liturgical year at Christmas. This season is ripe with images that speak from the soul – honoring the dead gives way to an abundant ...

An Ecology of New Life

2021-10-13 | Liz Walz, ASP - Executive Director

Sister Elizabeth pausing in the hallway outside my office door caught my attention as I stood, talking on the phone with I don’t remember who about I don’t remember what. Silently, speaking with our eyes, we agreed I would find her in the Convent when I was free. A few moments later, I discovered her with Annette, Deb, and Trisha outside in the courtyard between the Convent and the Guest Wing, circling a fallen tree. ...

Microgreens, Mulberries and ‘Maters, Oh My!

7/14/2021 | Liz Walz, ASP - Executive Director

These past weeks I’ve had occasion to cover Genesis’ kitchen so our beloved Chef Jen could have a couple of days off. I delighted in harvesting tart cherries from the tree behind the Carriage House and incorporating them into Rainbow Chard, bacon and cherry pizzas, Chilled Persian Soup, and cooking them down for a sauce over vanilla ice cream. ...

Nature Helps Us Nurture

5/18/2021 | Cindy Lees

  Let me start by saying I am not a writer. When asked to participate in writing a blog post for Genesis, I was hesitant. What I could write that would be meaningful? After some contemplation, I am giving this a try. When I was hired years ago, I never realized the rich history of the land at Gene ...

Good to Be Here

5/7/2021 | Deb Ondo

Reflecting on the spirituality of Providence ...

Easter Greetings and News!

2021-04-06 |

We had a lovely full house of 28 gathered to celebrate Genesis’ contemplative Easter Triduum Retreat...Read on ...

Meditation and Self-Improvement

2021-03-15 | Annette Lally, Administrative Coordinator

I was born and raised in Westfield my entire life and had no idea what Genesis Spiritual Life Center was all about until several years ago...Read on ...

Hugging a Tree Feels Good!

2021-02-17 |

Bonnie and her Crabapple Tree

I’ve had the privilege to photograph the land here at Genesis and spend time with many of the trees...Read on ...

So Many Opportunities to Foster Love

2/3/2021 | Liz Walz, ASP, Executive Director

Fostering Love

This month, February, we celebrate ....Read on ...

Rest, Heal, NOURISH!

2021-01-19 |

Genesis’ mission is that people are coming here for rest, healing, or maybe education and inspiration. My role is to make our guests feel comfortable...Read on ...

Carry It Forward

2021-01-04 | Liz Walz, ASP, Executive Director

Morning has broken

Last month as I composed my blog post the hymn "O Come, O Come Emanuel" was ringing in my ears...Read on ...

Wayne's (Genesis) World

12/15/2020 |

Wayne Cumberlander views his Genesis world

I am Wayne Cumberlander, the Maintenance Manager for Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center...Read on ...

O Come, O Come Emmanuel!

12/2/2020 | Liz Walz, ASP, Executive Director

O Come, O Come Emmanuel!

The season of Advent is upon us and the hymn O Come, O Come Emmanuel has been floating in the back of my mind...Read on ...

Culivate an Attitude of Gratitude

11/19/2020 | Sr. Jane Comerford, CSJ

Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

At this time of year, as the November calendar rolls forward our hearts and minds naturally go to thinking about Thanksgiving and what we are grateful for...Read on ...

The Unfailing Unfolding of Providence

11/12/2020 | Liz Walz, ASP, Executive Director

Unfolding of Providence

I have been learning a lot lately. In one respect, this not a surprise as I’m pursuing a Master of Arts in Depth Psychology, through Pacifica Graduate Institute...Read on ...

Autumn Splendor

10/20/2020 | JoAnn Bourquard, Spiritual Director

Ginkgo Tree Leaves

It is October and very odd that I would be reflecting on the season of autumn...Read on ...

Remembering, Playing, and Bathing

2020-09-23 | Sister Elizabeth Oleksak

Remembering, Playing and Bathing

I am sitting in my room next to the window that frames two Maple trees ....Read more! ...

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God.

2020-09-08 | Liz Walz, ASP, Executive Director

Create in Me A Clean Heart, O God

“Create in me a clean heart, O God.” ...Read more! ...

A Vision of My Future

2020-08-24 | Trisha Riga, Genesis Registrar

A Vision of My Future

Some of you may know me through your visits to Genesis as I am the Genesis registrar...Read more! ...

Feeling Israel

2020-08-01 | Liz Walz, Executive Director

Sequoia poses with Fr. Pete & Liz

A few years ago, when I was in California visiting Fr. Peter Campbell, he shared with me an insight ...Read more! ...

A New Reality

2020-07-20 | Jean Risk, Genesis Program Manager

A New Reality

On March 16, the reality of the pandemic hit me suddenly.... ...

Lilies of the Field

2020-07-02 | Liz Walz, Executive Director

Lilies of the Field

Look at the lilies! They don’t toil and spin. ...Read more! ...

Latest News

Circumambulating Perigrinatio

Sometimes, a calling begins with inner restlessness. A disquiet or tension, perhaps even an irritation. In the ups and downs of the day-to-day, it is easy to chalk these up to the ordinary trials and tribulations of daily life. Certainly, growing in maturity requires cultivating the ability to hold fast during turbulent times, not jumping ship at every inconvenience or upset.

Posted on 9/23/2021


Bringing Forth What Is Hidden

A while ago, Genesis received the gift of a canvas labyrinth along with a number of boxes of accessories, some easels and posters. Due to its size, the labyrinth will only fit in the Providence Room and time passed as we waited for the room to be available so we could unfold the labyrinth and walk it. In the meanwhile, Nick and Wayne stored the labyrinth, boxes and posters upstairs in a Carriage House closet. Weeks passed, then months. Years.

Posted on 8/10/2021


Microgreens, Mulberries and ‘Maters, Oh My!

These past weeks I’ve had occasion to cover Genesis’ kitchen so our beloved Chef Jen could have a couple of days off. I delighted in harvesting tart cherries from the tree behind the Carriage House and incorporating them into Rainbow Chard, bacon and cherry pizzas, Chilled Persian Soup, and cooking them down for a sauce over vanilla ice cream.

Posted on 7/14/2021


That's What Happens at Genesis

Posted on 2021-06-10


Good to Be Here

Reflecting on the spirituality of Providence

Posted on 5/7/2021


Nature Helps Us Nurture

Posted on 5/18/2021


Easter Greetings and News!

We had a lovely full house of 28 gathered to celebrate Genesis’ contemplative Easter Triduum Retreat...Read on

Posted on 2021-04-06


More Articles

Tags

From its beginning the earth is a spiritual as well as a physical reality.
-Thomas Berry