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’.

June 29, 2022

Living Life as a Spiritual Pilgrimage

Living Life as a Spiritual Pilgrimage by Linda Mastro and Amy Kulesa “If we truly want to know the secret of soulful travel, we need to believe that there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey.” ~ Phil Cousineau in The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred A pilgrimage - whether to a sacred site on the other side of the world or into your heart - invites you to an experience…

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June 26, 2022

Breath of Summer

Summer is upon us and the grounds around the Retreat & Conference Center are bursting with color! We are so grateful for the beautiful creation God has given us during this season of longer days. Will you take a few quiet moments to pray this summer prayer with us?   Breath of Summer Creator God who breathed this world into being, who is discernible within the harmony of nature, the perfection of a butterfly's wing, the grandeur of a mountain…

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summer prayer
June 24, 2022

Be free

We are thrilled to welcome back spiritual author Paula D'Arcy, who has been leading a writing retreat at our Center this week. During this sold-out retreat, Paula is guiding our guests in writing, refining a tool to deepen their spirituality. So, today we reflect on a some of her words and invite you to continue this meditation by visiting the monthly reflection page on her website too. "How you approach something determines what you will see." "Truth has to fall…

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Paula D'Arcy
June 22, 2022

Where is the beauty in your world?

Today's post comes from Mary DeTurris Poust, spiritual writer and presenter (click here to visit her website). She has provided inspiring retreats at our Center and we look forward to having her back next year too. In the meantime, we're so grateful that she's sharing some of her reflections with our blog audience. Let's read her thoughts about taking a small moment to be still and appreciate the world around us. Where is the beauty in your world? As I…

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prayer, fear not
June 19, 2022

Shake Us From Our Slumber

Today we celebrate Juneteenth. Within the African American community, Juneteenth is known as a second “Independence Day”. It is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African American slaves throughout the Confederate South. This was more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. With continued racism in our country, it's especially important to recognize this day of freedom and continue to pray…

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juneteenth prayer
June 17, 2022

Waves of Prayer

Today's reflection is shared by Jen Murphy, Manager of Marketing & Events for the Bon Scours Retreat & Conference Center. Let's learn more about her favorite way to slow down and meditate in nature. Waves of Prayer Lord of the Seas, speak… to me. Flow heavens flow… over me. Wash words of God wash… in me. Lord of the Seas, speak… through me. ~Bill Gaultiere Summertime is a very special time for me because I am able to spend a…

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beach, shore
June 15, 2022

Dear Heart Preface

May you find Peace. May you be one with your true self... Dear Heart Preface the persistent voice of midlife wooed and wailed, wept and whined, nagged like an endless toothache, seduced like an insistent lover, promised a guide to protect me as I turned intently toward my soul. as I stood at the door of “Go Deeper” I heard the ego’s howl of resistance, felt the shivers of my false security but knew there could be no other way.…

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only one you
June 12, 2022

With Gratitude for the Blessed Trinity

Today is the Feast of the Blessed Trinity, which "...may well be regarded as the Church's Te Deum of gratitude over all the blessings of the Christmas and Easter seasons; for this mystery is a synthesis of Christmas, Epiphany, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost. This feast, which falls on the first Sunday after Pentecost, should make us mindful that actually every Sunday is devoted to the honor of the Most Holy Trinity, that every Sunday is sanctified and consecrated to the…

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Trinity
June 10, 2022

A Summer Blessing

With the unofficial start of summer well underway, we want to pass along this blessing and wish you a season of enjoyment for the longer days of activity and sunshine. A Summer Blessing May you walk with God This summer In whatever you do Wherever you go Walking with God means... Walking with honesty And with courage, Walking with love And respect And concern for the feelings of others May you talk to God This summer And every day and…

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summer, sun
June 8, 2022

A Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Pentecost was celebrated on Sunday, the day that commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and followers of Jesus Christ. May you feel the Spirit around you as we celebrate this incredible gift through prayer and song. A Prayer to the Holy Spirit Holy Spirit, You are God. I praise you because you are holy, and I thank you for dwelling in my heart. Thank you for working in my life. You guided me into salvation, renewed…

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