letting go
Nov 26, 2021

The last of the beautiful fall leaves seem to be falling from the trees around us. Poets often reflect that the leaves are not simply falling, but letting go, using it as a metaphor for many lessons in our lives. As we near the end of the month of November and begin to prepare for the season of Advent, let's take a quiet moment to reflect on letting go with this beautiful poem by Nelson ... Continue reading...

Happy Thanksgiving
Nov 24, 2021

In anticipation of tomorrow's holiday, we are offering a few prayers that you may find helpful in your celebration. The first prayer can be used if you are gathering with loved ones and another that can be used even if you are marking the occasion alone. No matter what the holiday looks like, God has given us abundant blessings! May you be able to focus on those gifts today and always. Crowded With Gratitude Lord God, Our hearts ... Continue reading...

Jesus, King
Nov 21, 2021

Today marks the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. In a recent article* by Sr. Mary M. McGlone, SSJ, the meaning of this day was analyzed in scripture and made poignant when she says, "The reason the church should celebrate the solemnity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe, is to call ourselves to account. Today's feast calls us to look at Christ the crucified servant and to ... Continue reading...

blessings. blessings video
Nov 19, 2021

Amy Kulesa, Director of the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates, presented a retreat recently around a gratitude theme. She shared a few inspiring videos with these guests and we thought that you would enjoy this one. This video is a reminder that even if we are burdened, life gives us so much to be grateful for...gifts from the only Source of all our blessings. May this video resonate with you as you pray with us, ... Continue reading...

Nov 17, 2021

Today's post comes from our Retreats & Events Manager, Jen Murphy. Let's read her reflection about perspective and take a moment to pray for those who are hungry all around the world. Perspective After the weekly grocery store trip for my family of four (the 5th is currently away at college) I came home and complained to my husband about the lack of stock and variety on the shelves, as well as the rising prices. My kids ... Continue reading...

sunrise, morning meditation
Nov 14, 2021

Most conference groups who utilize our Center return time and time again and we are able to develop friendships with many of these guests. Their time here is often focused on being present with one another, away from the daily grind of their office buildings and home offices. They frequently commend our facilities and staff, saying that our service is unmatched by other conference centers. They are a joy to host too! Upon their departure, ... Continue reading...

sprout
Nov 12, 2021

This afternoon, retreat guests will gather for a "Making All Things New" retreat with presenter Paul Gallagher. This retreat is generally held twice per year at our Center and is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. (Click here to learn more about the January dates.) We can all learn from these exercises that focus on the mind, body and spirit. It's a powerful prayer practice that can deepen your spirituality. Let's ... Continue reading...

veterans day, prayer
Nov 10, 2021

In recognition of tomorrow's Veterans Day, we pray for all of those who have served our country. Let us recognize their great sacrifices and hold onto our hopes of peace. Prayer for Our Veterans Loving God, We ask for blessings on all those who have served their country in the armed forces. We ask for healing for the Veterans who have been wounded, in body and soul, in conflicts around the globe. We pray especially for the ... Continue reading...

Jesus love
Nov 7, 2021

Fr. Michael Schleupner shared the following homily last Sunday and it's a wonderful example of the Gospel lesson. Let's read about a hero from history and Jesus' lesson of love. Gospel Reading: Mark 12:28b-34 Doing What God Demanded In the 1820s, a woman named Harriet Tubman was born here in Maryland. She was born into an enslaved family, and she herself was a slave. But, she became a hero. Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery and then helped many others ... Continue reading...

prayer for fall
Nov 5, 2021

Amy Kulesa, Director of the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates and retreat presenter, will guide a day of spiritual gratitude this Saturday. "This contemplative retreat day will focus on the essential and healing properties of gratitude in the spiritual life." (Click here to learn more. There is still space available.) So, today we reflect on gratitude, especially as we approach a season of thanksgiving. Take a quiet moment to read and reread these quotes of wisdom. ... Continue reading...