Henri Nouwen, prayer
Oct 15, 2021

Today's post is a prayer by Henri Nouwen. If you are drawn to the spiritual writings of Nouwen, you may want to learn more about our upcoming retreat presented by Wil Hernandez too. Click here to read about the "Henri Nouwen: Master of Soul Care" retreat that he will guide October 27-31. Now, let's take a few moments of quiet to pray together... “Listen, O Lord, to my prayers. Listen to my desire to be with ... Continue reading...

spiritual director, spiritual direction
Oct 13, 2021

This week at the Center, our fourth group of participants in the Bon Secours Spiritual Direction Institute is working through the 2nd of three sessions. Then, they will work on readings and assignments before completing their third and final session next spring. These individuals have felt a calling to serve as a spiritual director to those in need and we pray that they are inspired by the training that they are receiving. Just as the ... Continue reading...

prayer for fall
Oct 10, 2021

As the trees around us begin their transformation, it is also the perfect time for us to slow down, take a moment to just breathe and enjoy the change before us. Around the Retreat & Conference Center, it's as if we're watching God's paint strokes beginning a masterpiece. Do you have a favorite tree near your home that you appreciate each year as its colors change? Do you enjoy the fall decorations displayed by neighbors? ... Continue reading...

Wil Hernandez, Henri Nouwen, mere spirituality
Oct 8, 2021

We are excited to have author Wil Hernandez back with us for a retreat at the end of this month. Wil has studied the work of the incredible spiritual writer Henri Nouwen for many years and will be providing rich insights into spirituality and spiritual accompaniment during his "Henri Nouwen: Master of Soul Care" retreat (click here to learn more). Nouwen still inspires the world of spiritual seekers with his wisdom in writing. We're including ... Continue reading...

prayer for those without
Oct 6, 2021

As the season of autumn has begun, reminders to celebrate the harvest are often found around us. It's also important to take a moment to pray for those who are going without though. Let's be mindful of the little things we take for granted, give thanks, and let's give what we can, including heartfelt prayers, for those who are in need. "Let us remember that, as much has been given us; much will be expected from ... Continue reading...

interfaith lesson
Oct 3, 2021

Today's blog features a homily given by Fr. Michael Schleupner a few weeks ago, but it's a timeless lesson for us all about having an open mindset and being inclusive. Let's open our hearts as we read about a lesson from the Gospels and how it ties into our modern world today. Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48 Hopkins Buildings One day several years ago, I was leaving Johns Hopkins Hospital after visiting a person who had major cardiac surgery. Something at ... Continue reading...

prayer, fear not
Oct 1, 2021

The phrase 'Fear not' and similar wording is mentioned over and over again in the Bible. Clearly this is a message that God wants to make sure that we hear! It's been very difficult not to have deep feelings of fear during the pandemic though, right? So, let's take time today to refresh our hearts and minds with the scripture below. Then, take a few moments of silence to unwind, close your eyes, take a ... Continue reading...

autumn, fall
Sep 29, 2021

Now that autumn has officially begun, we are anticipating the beautiful strokes from God's paintbrush all around us. Although probably not a favorite season for our groundskeepers ;), many of us really treasure this colorful season at the Center. As we begin to watch the changes of the season it can often lead to thoughts of change within too. Let's pray for time to slow down to appreciate nature this Fall, while listening for God's ... Continue reading...

Chris Kollhoffer
Sep 26, 2021

Book Recommendation: We are happy to have Sr. Chris Kollhoffer, IHM with us for a Lenten retreat next spring (click here to learn more). Sr. Chris is the author of Longing for the Endless Immensity and offered this excerpt for our blog today. If these themes and prayer practices interest you, we recommend purchasing the book to learn more and it will be available in our bookstore soon too. Longing for the Endless Immensity: Reflection and Prayer for Living ... Continue reading...

laughter, joy
Sep 24, 2021

Our first official night of the annual Women's Wellness retreat begins this evening. The first gathering, after dinner, is always a time of joy as the ladies reunite or get to know new friends. We plan a fun, casual activity to break the ice and we can always depend on waves of laughter rising above the group! As people of faith, it really is important to have laughter in our lives! We hope that you ... Continue reading...