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’.

April 20, 2022

He lives!

The Savior who died in our stead, now has risen from the dead, The Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, from that grave to New Life, Those who saw Him could rejoice, praising God with one voice, In light that He now has risen, Eternal Life to us, God has given. Christ, who died for all man’s sin, now in power can reign within, In every Believer, in their heart, once residing, He will not depart, New Life, He gives to…

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Easter, resurrection
April 17, 2022

Alleluia! He is risen!

Happy Easter! We hope that you are filled with joy of the resurrection of Jesus today and always. Alleluia! Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. ~Matthew 28:5-6 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live," ~John 11:25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rmmsrbX9_4…

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Easter, Easter praise
April 15, 2022

At the Cross

The famous poet, Robert Frost, once wrote, “A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” On this solemn Good Friday, we gravitate to the words of poets and songwriters to express our journey. May you be touched by these words and feel the Spirit around you as we await the resurrection. At the Cross I wait, And time ticks past. I gaze, Made silent by the sight. I watch, As soldiers…

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Good Friday, Coronavirus Good Friday
April 13, 2022

Prayers for Holy Thursday

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a very special, sacred time at the Retreat & Conference Center, our Easter Triduum Retreat. Nearly 40 guests will gather for this silent retreat, punctuated by inspiring retreat presentations and dialogue, quiet time in private prayer, and poignant liturgies. After a 2-year hiatus, we are thrilled to be able to host the Triduum for our guests and sisters. Please pray for our leaders who have put so much planning into the retreat and liturgies. Members…

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Holy Thursday
April 10, 2022

Prayers for Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Call to Worship Jesus is coming! From the mountainside, from the seaside, from the homes of the rich and the company of the poor, from the bedside of those who are sick, Jesus is coming! Along dusty roads, with a ragged band of travelers, Jesus comes to Jerusalem, Will we greet him with Hosannas? Let’s pray: We have come to meet you today, Jesus. We don’t know quite what to expect. We think we know what we need,…

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Palm Sunday, prayers
April 8, 2022

Put It Back Together

Fr. Michael Schleupner shares last Sunday's homily with us today, opening with a little humor in to convey an important lesson from Jesus. Let's take a few quiet moments to meditate on this passage from Scripture today. 5th Sunday in Lent, Cycle C Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes…

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Jesus, followers
April 6, 2022

Seek the stillness

Now that activities have resumed, are you finding that your calendar feels too full? Are you stressed from feeling pulled into too many directions with endless 'to-do' lists? Today's post offers reflections from the gifted Joyce Rupp that may help you to relish a few quiet moments in contemplation, especially as we approach Holy Week. So, let's sit in a comfortable position, let's breathe in and out, in and out, and pray to be able to hear that still, small…

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finding God in the mess
April 3, 2022

Prayers for the Fifth Week of Lent

As we quickly approach Holy Week, we are offering a week of prayers for this 5th week of Lent. We hope that you'll have a few moments to slow down and find quiet time each day to reflect on this phase of your Lenten journey. May these prayers enrich your experience. The Fifth Week of Lent Sunday My loving Lord, it's so hard to love the world sometimes and to love it the way Jesus did seems impossible. Help me…

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prayer, lent
April 1, 2022

A Moment of Meditation

Mary DeTurris Poust presented a virtual Lenten retreat last month and shared a beautiful guided meditation with the guests. We're happy to share this with our readers too. Please see below. So, let's take a deep breath and enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pWDC3iOYNU

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silent retreat, Advent, waiting
March 30, 2022

Pandemic Perseverance

Many media outlets spoke about the two-year anniversary of the pandemic this month. We were certainly all affected significantly by the pandemic in one way or many ways. As we reflect on this anniversary, we especially hold those in our hearts who lost loved ones to COVID-19. In many ways, it seems like yesterday when we walked out of the Retreat & Conference with some of our belongings, preparing to work from home for a few weeks, which turned into…

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pandemic anniversary