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’.

May 13, 2022

Prayers of Poetry for Springtime

Today's inspiration comes from famous poets who eloquently express our gratitude for spring. We hope that you have a beautiful view of spring today as you read these poems. Say a prayer of thanks for the sun, the rain, the flowers, the breeze, the light. Share about it with us in the comments. For Flowers That Bloom For flowers that bloom about our feet; For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet; For song of bird, and hum of bee; For…

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spring, prayer, poetry
May 11, 2022

Morning Prayer

Have you ever been so tired or overwhelmed that it's difficult to come up with the words that you want to pray, yet you are seeking more than sitting in silent meditation? Today, we offer this morning prayer video as a resource for times like this. Pray with us... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG_unqKaDrw

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morning prayer
May 8, 2022

On This Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day to all those moms and mother figures who care for so many. We hope that you are being honored in big and small ways, celebrating what you've done for others. For those who have lost their moms, you may be honoring them by making a favorite recipe or planting a favorite flower that she cherished. For those who can connect with these special ladies, maybe you're gathering for lunch or spending time on the phone. Maybe you…

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mary, statue of mary
May 6, 2022

Christian Hospitality

Kevin Cassidy, the Director of the Retreat & Conference Center, shared this reflection in our weekly planning meeting last week. Our staff takes the mission of bringing 'healing hospitality' to heart, so this really resonated with us. We hope that you find this same sense of welcome during your visits to the Center too! Let mutual love continue, and do not forget to offer hospitality to strangers, for by doing this some have entertained angels without knowing it. ~Hebrews 13:1-2…

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Retreat & Conference Center
May 4, 2022

National Day of Prayer

Tomorrow is our National Day of Prayer, a tradition that began officially in 1952. It is a day when the president is required to sign a proclamation that encourages all Americans to pray. May your prayers today be strengthened, knowing that so many are recognizing this movement and also kneeling, bowing their heads or lifting their hands to heaven as we pray for peace and also offer prayers of gratitude. If you live locally, we encourage you to stop by…

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hands, prayer, pray
May 1, 2022

Spring Rejoices!

Happy Easter See the land, her Easter keeping, Rises as her Maker rose. Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping, Burst at last from winter snows. Earth with heaven above rejoices; Fields and gardens hail the spring; Shaughs and woodlands ring with voices, While the wild birds build and sing. You, to whom your Maker granted Powers to those sweet birds unknown, Use the craft by God implanted; Use the reason not your own. Here, while heaven and earth rejoices, Each…

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spring, Easter
April 29, 2022

You Can

As we prepare for tonight's concert with Carrie Newcomer, let's take a few quiet moments to contemplate the encouragement from a popular song, "You Can Do This Hard Thing". We hope that if you're facing struggles today, it will give you the nudge, the encouragement, the faith that you can get through it. We hope that this prayer will also remind you that "you can do all things..." Limited tickets are still available for the 7pm concert. Please call 410-442-3120…

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Carrie Newcomer concert
April 27, 2022

Until Now

We are so excited to welcome award-winning artist, Carrie Newcomer, along with pianist Gary Walters, back to our Center this week! After two years of rescheduling, due to the pandemic, it will surely be an event that everyone appreciates even more! Her lyrics and sound will inspire and heal our audience during her Chapel concert this Friday. She'll be featuring songs from her new album 'Until Now' and other favorites. If you haven't registered yet, there's still time! Click here.…

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Carrie Newcomer concert
April 24, 2022

Easter Hope

Today's post comes from one of our frequent retreat presenters, Fr. Michael Schleupner. Let's read his timely insight about hope from the resurrection and how we can carry it with us today, even as we hear of more devastating news each day. Easter Hope Dear Friends, With the Russian invasion of Ukraine and all the human tragedy happening there, this Easter turns my inner spirit to hope. Easter, the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection, inspires hope in me. I see hope…

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hope, resurrection
April 22, 2022

Celebrating Earth Day & Caring for Creation

Happy Earth Day! The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 and today, 52 years later, we still have much to do to save our planet. How are you marking this day? Why not spend part of your day outdoors, appreciating nature, or researching new ways that you can care for our earth? If you'd like to know more about the Sisters of Bon Secours' ecological actions, please visit their Justice, Peace & Integrity committee's site here. Please write in…

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Earth Day