Frequently Asked Questions
“Ruah” cannot be translated by any single English word. It is a Hebrew word (רוח אלוהים) that sometimes indicates “breath of life force,” “wind,” “the movement of air,” or “spirit.” In Hebrew scripture “ruah elohim” is the creative wind of the Lord. We use circular shapes as symbols for Ruah Center. The circle was an ancient Christian symbol for God, community and the universe. Our circle is in motion, suggestive of T. S. Eliot’s “still point in a turning world,” the silent center being God and the circular motion being our turning around and focusing on our creative center. In the east, the circle is a symbol of enlightenment.
The Sisters celebrate the Liturgy of the Word and Eucharist Monday through Friday. If you’re interested in
joining them, speak with your spiritual director. The Villa Chapel is not regularly used for daily Eucharist but
is available for groups when the group’s size warrants it. The Chapel is always available for personal
information in advance of your stay. We can provide transportation during daytime working hours only.
If you fly into Houston, we prefer that you come into Hobby Airport, if possible. If your airline flies only into
Bush Intercontinental Airport, however, be sure and check into the possibility of free commuter flights to
Hobby or bus service to the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown. Both airports offer shuttle service. If you come
by bus, we can pick you up at the downtown Houston bus terminals during daytime working hours.
and the receptionist will direct you from there.