Peace, goals
Jul 30, 2021

Rainey Taylor, Sales Manager at the Retreat & Conference Center, shared this inspiring excerpt during our staff meeting this week. What will you do today? Today I will…. “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”   Ephesians 5:15-16 Today I will make a difference.  I will begin by controlling my thoughts.  A person is the product of his thoughts. I want ... Continue reading...

pray the rosary
Jul 28, 2021

Our guests are often drawn to our retreat programs that explore different prayer methods. How wonderful to have so many ways to communicate with God and feel the Spirit around us! Mary DeTurris Poust presented a wonderful weekend retreat at our Center in June and now she is sharing the following blog with us about her new appreciation for the rosary. Confessions of a rosary convert by Mary DeTurris Poust on July 1, 2021 Rosary-challenged. That’s how I’ve ... Continue reading...

silent, directed retreat, spiritual direction
Jul 25, 2021

Fr. Michael continues his series on the Ignatian Examen today. Let's read about Examen's practice of gratitude. How can you incorporate this important task into your life? What are you thankful for today? Ignatian Examen Step 2 – Giving Thanks Dear Friends, After beginning the Examen by Seeking Light, we move to Giving Thanks. Ignatius saw gratitude as central to the spiritual life. He felt this so strongly that he said: “Ingratitude is the cause, beginning, and origin of ... Continue reading...

Jul 23, 2021

Today's reflection comes from Fr. Michael Schleupner. As we anticipate our upcoming 8-Day Ignatian Directed Retreat (click here to read more) we thought the timing of Fr. Michael's series on the Examen is perfect! Let's begin to read his insights about this powerful prayer practice. Ignatian Examen – Introduction 1 Dear Friends, My previous reflections were focused on Saint Ignatius of Loyola – his life, his writings, and the spiritual tradition that he started. I did this as ... Continue reading...

sillouette hands
Jul 21, 2021

For Courage to Do Justice O Lord, open my eyes that I may see the needs of others Open my ears that I may hear their cries; Open my heart so that they need not be without succor; Let me not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong, Nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich. Show me where love and hope and faith are needed, And use me to bring ... Continue reading...

Retreat & Conference Center
Jul 18, 2021

Today is a special day for the Retreat & Conference Center, a day for us to reflect and celebrate! Read this heartfelt reflection from Tessa Newton, our Marketing Manager/Sales Associate to learn about its significance. One year ago today, the Retreat and Conference Center reopened its doors after our temporary pandemic closure. If you are a regular reader, you know that we initially closed for eight weeks but those eight weeks gradually drifted into four months. ... Continue reading...

contemplative prayer, silence
Jul 16, 2021

Revel in Summer Dear God, Let us revel in summer. Let us soak up the long days and warm sun. May our feet walk on sandy beaches and our heads rest on thick grass under blue skies. May we listen to and marvel at the singing of the birds and stop to watch blissful children at play. This summer, God, may our breathing slow and our hearts open. God help us to be present to all that is so that we ... Continue reading...

neighbors, treating others
Jul 14, 2021

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers today’s reflection and he shares a great lesson from the pandemic. Fr. Michael will be with us for our August Directed Retreat soon. We have one reservation available for this retreat and you can read more about it by clicking here. Now, let's take a quiet moment to read and reflect. Meeting Others in a Pandemic There is a columnist for Time magazine named Belinda Luscombe. About a year ago, in the midst ... Continue reading...

catholic, lectio divina
Jul 11, 2021

Today we are sharing another reflection by Sisters of Bon Secours novice, Sr. Ji Choi. Beginning this Friday, Sr. Ji will be hosting a weekly time for Lectio Divina or Bible Mediation, prior to Mass. If you're not familiar with Lectio Divina, read below to learn more. Sr. Ji will guide this free group mini-retreat and we hope to see you at the Center for a session soon! What is Lectio Divina? It must be one of ... Continue reading...

eucharist
Jul 9, 2021

Today's reflection is from Sr. Ji Choi, a novice with the Sisters of Bon Secours. Inspired by the direction of the Archdiocese, she has organized a weekly time of Eucharistic Adoration in our Chapel, beginning next Monday. Let's read her to reflection to learn more. We hope to see you soon! According to Archbishop Lori of Baltimore, the Spring General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops concluded by drafting a pastoral document to ... Continue reading...