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Spirituality & Chapel      To Help Connect with a Higher Power

A main component of the 12-Step process of recovery is the role of spirituality.  We realize that every client has a different interpretation of the nature of a “higher power” and different religious backgrounds. In fact, we know that many people wrestle with the concepts of “God” and “religion.”  We do not “preach” or advance any particular religion.  Rather, we work with each client to tailor our counseling to his or her fundamental beliefs.  

We remind our clients of this thought offered by a 13th-14th Century philosopher, Master Eckhart:

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. 

Because The Abbey was originally built as a monastery for cloistered Carmelite (Catholic) sisters, our facilities have a rich spiritual tradition.    In particular, we are fortunate to have a Gothic Chapel in which we hold appropriate meetings and in which individual clients may find moments of quiet, personal contemplation and reflection.  

We encourage clients to share their religious backgrounds with us, so that we may best incorporate their spiritual beliefs into our counseling.    Also, by sharing these religious beliefs with us, we can assist in making sure they participate in their religious customs, including providing transportation to a place of worship, if so desired.
 Mary with Downtrodden Man

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”
Victor Hugo

“Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. 
A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.” 


“Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”        

Mary with Flowers

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Dr. Martin Luther King

“Still at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe.”
Bruce Springsteen

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