peace, emotions, contemplative
Jul 5, 2020

Today's reflection is the fourth in a series by Fr. Michael Schleupner. We're so grateful for all of the posts that he has shared with us for our blog during the pandemic! We look forward to welcoming Fr. Michael back to the Center for the August Directed Retreat too. There are still a few spaces available if you'd like to register. Click here to learn more. Let's take a few quiet moments to read this ... Continue reading...

4th of July
Jul 4, 2020

In addition to serving as the Director of the Associates for the Sisters of Bon Secours, Amy Kulesa also leads some of our retreats at the Retreat & Conference Center. She oversees and often facilitates our weekly Centering Prayer sessions and this December she’ll be leading a Centering Prayer weekend retreat during the Advent season. You can click here to learn more about her. On our national Independence Day, I found this quote and thought it ... Continue reading...

prayer for uncertainty
Jul 3, 2020

No matter how much light I carry within me, there will always be times of feeling lost, being confused, seeking direction. It is the way of the human heart. ~ Joyce Rupp During the pandemic and this difficult time of racial injustice, even the most positive people struggle. It's ok. Sometimes we just need to hear that it's ok. We can lay our feelings of being lost and confused at the feet of Jesus. Let's join together in this virtual ... Continue reading...

reflections of ourselves
Jul 2, 2020

Today’s post is another insightful reflection and meditation from retreat presenters Susan Boruff and Kathy Anderson. We’re so grateful for all of their submissions for our blog during the pandemic and look forward to being able to host them at the Center again soon. Let’s take a few quiet moments to read this reflection by Susan and then watch the video meditation at the end by Kathy. Eyes to See By: Susan Boruff Blessed are the pure in ... Continue reading...

st. joseph, pond
Jul 1, 2020

Summer is officially here! Although the Retreat & Conference Center hasn't reopened, guests are welcome to walk the beautiful grounds. Enjoy the sunshine and give thanks! Giving Thanks for Summer Father, Creator of all, thank You for summer! Thank you for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight. Thank You for the beauty I see all around me and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation. Thank You for the increased time I have to be with ... Continue reading...

finding God in the mess
Jun 30, 2020

Today's post is a relaxing music video that showcases beautiful images of God's creation. You'll notice that the images repeat after the first sequence. What can you notice within the same image when viewing it a second or third time? Taking a few moments to relax and connect with nature, even via technology, can provide a calming effect that lasts throughout our day. Be still. “Who covers the heaven with clouds, who prepares rain for the ... Continue reading...

prayer
Jun 29, 2020

Today's reflection is the third in a series by Fr. Michael Schleupner. Let's take a few moments to learn about his thoughts on prayer and then you can practice these methods after. Spirituality – Part 3  Dear Friends, Last week I reflected on faith as the first core element of spirituality. Today my attention turns to prayer as the next core element. Fundamentally, prayer is our consciously or intentionally being with God. Some kind of personal prayer needs ... Continue reading...

uniting in prayer
Jun 28, 2020

As most of us still mourn the loss of being together in community for worship, this prayer provides a wonderful vision of uniting across the world. Please take a moment to recognize God's presence and pray for peace and unity with us... United in Your Love Almighty God, who are mother and father to us all, Look upon your planet Earth divided. Help us to know that we are all your children, That all nations belong to one great family, And ... Continue reading...

Jun 27, 2020

Today's reflection is another great post by author Mary DeTurris Poust. Although we have officially entered the summer season, this is a wonderful spring reflection with spiritual insights that can be applied to any season. Let's take a quiet moment to read... Falling for spring in a season of fear by Mary DeTurris Poust on May 6, 2020 For my entire life, whenever someone asked me to name my favorite season, I would say, without any hesitation, “fall!” ... Continue reading...

peace garden, prayer
Jun 26, 2020

Many of us have heavy hearts during this time of great uncertainty. Let's take a moment to lift up this prayer together. May you feel God's presence today and always. Overcoming Life's Hardships O Lord, we call upon You in our time of sorrow, that You give us the strength and will to bear our heavy burdens, until we can again feel the warmth and love of Your divine compassion. Be mindful of us and have mercy ... Continue reading...