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’.

August 28, 2022

Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo

Today is the Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo. "Augustine is recognized as a saint in the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion. He is also a preeminent Catholic Doctor of the Church and the patron of the Augustinians. His memorial is celebrated on 28 August, the day of his death. Augustine is the patron saint of brewers, printers, theologians, and a number of cities and dioceses" (Catholic.org). There are so many examples to take from…

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St. Augustine
August 26, 2022

Celebrating the Birthday of Mother Teresa

In honor of the birthday of Mother Teresa (Aug. 26, 1910), we share some of her inspiring quotes for peace and close with a beautiful prayer that she wrote. We're so grateful for these words she left for us to learn from. May we be able to remember the love of Jesus with all we encounter.   "The fruit of silence is prayer; the fruit of prayer is faith; the fruit of faith is love; the fruit of love is…

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love, healing
August 24, 2022

Great Spirit

Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me. I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom.   Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my…

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prayer, meditation
August 21, 2022

Authentic faith

Rev. Stephen Wade served as a spiritual director on our August Directed Retreat last week. He often offers insightful resources to his directees as they are unpacking their spiritual journey. Today, he shares one of these powerful resources with us. Comment and let us know if it spoke to you. Authentic faith is more than an echo of a tradition. It is a creative situation, an event. For God is not always silent, and man is not always blind. In…

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light, faith
August 19, 2022

Let Your Light Shine

As the sun rises, Lord, Let your light shine on me. Destroy the darkness about me, Scatter the darkness before me, Disperse the darkness behind me, Dispel the darkness within me. Let your light shine on me. As the sun rises, Lord, Let your light shine on me. The warmth of your Presence, The brightness of your love, The radiance of your joy, The shining of your hope. Let your light shine on me. As the sun rises, Lord, Let…

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hope, quiet mornings program
August 17, 2022

A Prayer for Stillness

During this last silent retreat of the summer, we share a reflection from Fr. Ron Rolheiser about the power of stillness. May you find stillness today as the summer begins to wind down. A Prayer for Stillness – Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI Be still and know that I am God. Scripture assures us that if we are still we will come to know God, but arriving at stillness is easier said than done. As Blaise Pascal once stated, “All the…

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silent retreat, prayer, quiet time of prayer
August 14, 2022

Trust Not Clarity

Today's post is another insightful homily by Fr. Michael Schleupner, based on lessons from Scripture and Mother Teresa. Fr. Michael returns to the Center today to serve as a spiritual director on our August Directed Retreat and we're thrilled to have him! Please hold our spiritual directors and guests in prayer as they journey through their own faith and trust this week. May this reading and post enrich your trust in God too. Brothers and sisters: Faith is the realization…

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Mother Teresa
August 12, 2022

Just Listen

How do you show that you care by listening? Share with us. Just Listen I suspect that the most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention. And especially if it is given from the heart. When people are talking, there is no need to do anything but receive them. Just take them in. Listen to what they are saying. Care…

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Mary DeTurris Poust
August 10, 2022

Fruits of the Spirit

“Fruits of the Spirit” by Max Lucado It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming. In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of the solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of…

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spiritual life
August 9, 2022

The Immaculate Heart of Mary

August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Catholic Church. The Immaculate Heart represents the Mary's desire to bring all people to her Son. What a beautiful example of our Christian life Mary offers for all of us!   The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” ~ Luke 1:28 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” ~ Luke 1:38…

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devotion to mary