“Making All Things New!”
We believe we are one with all peoples, cultures and creation in the ancient longing to find and to live in peace.
Rooted in the Franciscan tradition, the Mt. Irenaeus community is committed to simple, joyful, healing communion with God and all creation through contemplation and the communal experience of God’s justice, love and peace in contemporary everyday life. Life at Mt. Irenaeus is centered on attending to what is primary: presence to God, others, one’s self and earth. All who participate in the mission of the Mountain join with Jesus Christ in “making all things new” by creating and nourishing a community that transcends a particular place, opening to all peoples, ages and cultures. Read More »
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From our herb box you can look out over various “colors and tastes”- to our garden and to the hills beyond, our “Other house”– and our Brazilian bell...Brought home from another people and another culture. so much of taste and culture right here to be explored! “100 years ago today, the writer John Howard griffin was born in Texas. He is best known for his classic work, “Black Like Me”, in which he describes his experience in the winter of 1959 traveling to New Orleans dark and his skin shaved his head and ‘crossed the line into the country of hate fear and hopelessness – the country of the American Negro.’”(Give Us This Day) ... how might I enter another culture today, or allow another culture’s gifts to enter me? – what are my opportunities to be open to other persons, their lives? ~ Today’s Gospel concludes: “...and if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect or complete just as your heavenly father is complete.” Mathew 5:47-48 The world certainly is much larger than the view from this deck! .... there is more for us to taste and discover than what is in our garden or our herb box – or our own lives. .....you and I can open further “the eye of our heart” and see beyond; with, among others- to the “height and breadth and depth” of God‘s goodness in each of us! We all “are God’s children now” echoes over these hills and through these gardens!