Soundings

We at Mercy by the Sea have so much we want to share with you:

  • Inspiring and transformational quotes, prayers, poems, videos and books we discover or rediscover
  • Conversations with upcoming  presenters
  • Resources and thoughts on contemplative prayer, spiritual direction, the second half of life, emerging leadership, creativity, our relationship with nature and much more!

You'll find seasonal photos of the grounds — vegetation, trees and winged and four-legged creatures that make their homes here.  We'll capture changes in the light and colors as the seasons change.  So bookmark this page and come back regularly.  Or subscribe to receive an email each time a new blog posts. Just scroll down and type your email address in the field provided then click the SIGN UP button. 

Print and Online Spiritual Resources

Many of you who come to Mercy by the Sea see us as a unique, contemplative, restorative and transformative resource that helps you along your spiritual journey. But there are many other spiritual resources that can inspire you in between your visits.  Here is a list of old favorites, like The Sun and Tikkun, and some valuable new finds like Anchor magazine and Relief.  Check them out and see which one or ones speak to your heart.

Continue reading

by Anne A. Simpkinson, Director of Communications  | 

Prayers and Poems from Our Contemplative Weekend Retreat

Last weekend, Program Associate Claire Rusowicz and I welcomed 35 individuals who came to Mercy by the Sea to “rest in God.” The three-day silent retreat offered Centering Prayer sessions; a labyrinth walk; Saturday night gathering with chants, prayers and reflection; and much quiet time for walks on the beach and grounds, reading, gazing at the artwork that graces the main building; and private prayer.

Many of the participants asked for copies of various quotes, poems and prayers that were used throughout the retreat.  Here is a sampling:

Continue reading

by By Anne A. Simpkinson, Director of Communications  |