Pope Francis inspiration
Oct 25, 2020

Today's post comes from our friend Fr. Michael Schleupner. Fr. Mike will be with us again next summer for a directed retreat and it's not too early to sign up! Click here to learn more. In the meantime, let's learn more about how we can strengthen our personal encounters with Christ. Pope Francis - 1     Dear Friends, On October 4, our Catholic calendar celebrated the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. This has led me to some ... Continue reading...

Mary DeTurris Poust
Oct 23, 2020

Today's post is from author and retreat presenter Mary DeTurris Poust. She shares about an experience that she had recently, presenting a retreat during the pandemic. It resonates with us as we make safety accommodations for our guests of current retreats too. We are excited that she will be with us for a weekend retreat next summer. Click here to learn more about Mary and her "Broken, Beautiful, and Beloved" retreat. Let's take a few ... Continue reading...

solitude, prayer, centering prayer
Oct 21, 2020

Susan Boruff offers another reflection for our blog today. She speaks of the wisdom of the late Fr. Thomas Keating and how we can implement the silence and science of meditation into our daily lives. We've added a brief YouTube video about his life and prayer at the end of today's post. Take a deep breath. Breathe in. Breathe out. Please read along... Changes By: Susan Boruff "Your relationship with God, others, yourself, and all creation keeps changing ... Continue reading...

rosary, blog, pandemic, prayer
Oct 18, 2020

Today's post comes from a friend of the Retreat & Conference Center, Fr. Michael Schleupner. Fr. Mike has presented many retreats for our Center and we look forward to seeing him again soon! Let's take a few quiet moments to read his thoughts about the Rosary. The Rosary Dear Friends, Today I am thinking about mysteries. I do not mean a Sherlock Holmes mystery that a good detective can solve. Instead, I am referring to the great mysteries ... Continue reading...

Henri Nouwen, blog
Oct 16, 2020

Today's post was shared by Amy Kulesa, the Director of the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates. Amy is a frequent retreat presenter at our Center too and will be with us for a special Advent weekend retreat in December. You can learn more about it by clicking here. Now, let's take a few quiet moments to read these words from Henri Nouwen about God's love. Knowing God’s heart means consistently, radically, and very concretely to announce ... Continue reading...

time for silence
Oct 14, 2020

Today's post is the continuation of last week's blog from retreat presenter Susan Boruff. Susan shares insights from scripture about meditation and then provides a video at the bottom that can walk you through a 12 minute meditation. We hope that you'll join us. Cultivating Silence By: Susan Boruff As we learned in last week's post, the Desert Mothers and Fathers sought God in the solitude and silence of the deserts in Syria and Egypt. They escaped the ... Continue reading...

hands, baptism
Oct 11, 2020

After over six months of precautions and pressures from the pandemic, many of us are seeking a calming peace. We hope that you'll be able to pause for this prayer and meditation from the Catholic Health Association today, providing renewed strength and hope. For Peace in Anxiety ​During the Coronavirus Pandemic Loving God, we come to you full of anxiety about what may happen in the coming days and weeks. Shower us with the peace Jesus promised ... Continue reading...

prayer for healing
Oct 9, 2020

Today's post is a prayer from Joyce Rupp, OSM. Do you know someone who is in need of physical, emotional or spiritual healing? Why not reach out to them with this beautiful prayer for healing? Just reading it may spark a bit of strength and faith that they need today. A Blessing for Healing May the ever-present love of family and friends sustain and support you, especially in those times when you feel alone and lonely. May you accept ... Continue reading...

desert in scripture
Oct 7, 2020

Today's post is shared by one of our retreat presenters, Susan Boruff. At this point in the pandemic, many of us are becoming more busy again as activities resume. Are you craving times of silence? Let's learn more about how solitude can improve many areas of our life. Silence By: Susan Boruff “The key to action that knows and cares for the other is to know and care for ourselves. Spending time in solitude is never selfish. It ... Continue reading...

autumn colors
Oct 4, 2020

We are enjoying glimpses of autumn amongst the trees on the beautiful grounds of the Retreat & Conference Center. Are you seeing signs of God's brushstrokes around you? Remember, our grounds are always open to visitors. You could spend a quiet afternoon reflecting by our pond, in the Peace Garden or at the labyrinth soon. Why not read this poetic prayer outdoors today? Autumn Months O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of ... Continue reading...