Touching empathy has long been understood as an absolutely essential component of giving, being and sustaining life. Take the opportunity during Marillac Center’s Lenten Day of Prayer on Saturday, March 9, to reflect on “The Life-giving Power of Touch: Ours and God’s.”

Tom White will facilitate the program. He will invite participants to consider the roles we play when we touch others and when we allow them to touch us in any number of ways, including as gentle nurse, teacher-learner, principals/administrators, hospice vigil-sitter, caregiver of family or friends, social worker-embracer of the poor, washers of bodies, artists and all custodians of imaginations, musician-music makers, poets-prophets-all seekers of truth and all smithies of words, jokers-jesters-mirthers and all those who help us smile, and ALL God’s hands.

Tom is a lifelong Catholic and a parishioner of Holy Family Catholic Parish in Kansas City, Mo., where he is a member of the choir, lector and Eucharistic minister. He is also an advocate to the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal and was parish facilitator for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Tom has a master’s in theology and is former diocesan priest.

Donation for this day retreat is $35 and includes lunch. Scholarships are available. Registration deadline is March 1. Register by email or phone at or 913-680-2342, or register online at Marillac Center. Marillac Center is the retreat and spirituality center of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. Overnight accommodations are available for an additional fee.