THE BLOG OF THE BON SECOURS RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTER

Retreat with Us

Welcome to the Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center’s blog! This blog will extend our retreat ministry by bringing prayers and reflections into your home ‘retreat’. Many of our presenters and staff share their homilies, favorite prayers and reflections through this medium. We encourage you to comment, pass it along to friends or simply take a moment to pray with us. We hope that this will serve as a moment during your day when you can ‘retreat with us’.

September 25, 2022

We all need Sabbath: Why quiet isn’t “quitting”

Mary DeTurris Poust shares a recent blog with us today. We're thrilled to have Mary back on our schedule for next year and will share those details in the coming months. Do you find yourself resisting quiet times? Let's read Mary's thoughts about how we can embrace a time for Sabbath. We all need Sabbath: Why quiet isn’t “quitting” As I sat in my beach chair late last month, toes in the sand and eyes fixed on an endless horizon…

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spiritual life
September 23, 2022

Discover Your Strengths!

Today we are praying for the wonderful ladies attending our annual Women's Wellness Retreat this weekend. The theme for the retreat is "Discover Your Strengths - Your Unique Gifts from God". We are excited to see God working to reveal the unique, special gifts in every single guest. We hope that it will inspire them to celebrate those strengths, those gifts, carrying that mission back with them when they leave and go back to their families, friends, churches, jobs and…

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Women's Wellness
September 21, 2022

A Joyful Noise!

Our annual Women's Wellness retreat begins for our early arrival guests tomorrow and then the other guests will join us on Friday. The first gathering on Friday, after dinner, is always a time of joy as the ladies reunite or get to know new friends. We plan a fun, casual activity to break the ice and we can always depend on waves of laughter rising above the group! As people of faith, it really is important to have laughter in…

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laughter, joy
September 18, 2022

Our Image of God

We're sharing the beginning of a series written by our friend, Fr. Michael Schleupner. This opening reflection certainly has us conjuring our own unique image of God. Does it inspire you too? Our Image of God - 1 Dear Friends, What is your image of God? What words, phrases, maybe sentences would you use to describe God? How do you see God? What is God like to you? As I am writing this reflection, I am in my personal prayer…

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spiritual blog
September 16, 2022

The Garden of Your Mind

Tee Biddle, Executive Chef here at the Retreat & Conference Center, shared the reflection below during our weekly Planning Meeting on Tuesday. Take a few quiet moments to close our eyes and sit with each sentence after you read it. Envision what this means for you. Let's put our gardening gloves on and work in our gardens! Remember, read this slowly, pausing after each line.   Imagine your mind like a garden and your thoughts are the seeds. You get…

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planting seeds for our soul
September 14, 2022

Is Jesus the Priority?

Fr. Michael Schleupner, frequent celebrant at Mass, retreat presenter and spiritual director at our Center, offers another homily to our readers today. How do we make Jesus the priority in our lives? Luke 14:25-33 Is Jesus the Priority? When I am about to respond to someone who has been offensive, do I first think about: what would Jesus say and how would he say it? When I become aware that I am holding a grudge and maybe not even talking…

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prayer, lent
September 11, 2022

Remembering 9/11

Tomorrow marks the 21st anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11. Can you remember where you were on that day of utter shock and sorrow? It is a day that is etched into our memory with fear and sadness, a day that changed our world forever. As we remember all of the lives lost and those who were deeply affected by the events of September 11, 2001, let's take a moment to join together, taking our sorrow to God in…

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20th anniversary of 9/11
September 9, 2022

Poured Out

Tara Mulder, Sales Manager, offers today's blog with insights about a special series that she has created and an opportunity for you to learn more and express your creativity! Poured Out: The story behind an art show and art workshop at the Center The word “poured” occurs often in the Judeo-Christian Scriptures. God pours out blessing, promising the Israelites in Malachi 3:10 that blessing will flow like opening a floodgate. He is extravagant as giver, provider. He poured life into…

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September 7, 2022

A Prayer for Students

Today we share this beautiful prayer as many are beginning a new school year. Let's pray that students and teachers will feel the arms of Jesus around them during this time of transition. Let us pray that they will be able to let any anxiety go, sensing the peace that only the Spirit can offer. A Prayer for Our Students I pray for: Strength - that God gives them the strength to do what they need to do each day.…

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prayer for school year
September 5, 2022

A Prayer for Labor Day

As Labor Day approaches, let's take a moment in gratitude for the jobs that many of us hold and to pray for those less fortunate who are seeking a way to afford necessities. We lift up prayers of justice for all those seeking employment and for many who are seeking jobs. Pray with us... Loving God, on this weekend, when we rest from our usual labors, we pray for all who shoulder the tasks of human labor— in the marketplace,…

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Labor Day prayer