online homily
Jan 19, 2022

These words from Fr. Michael Schleupner resonate for many, especially as we focus on goals for the new year. Let's read more about the importance of being present in the moment. It is now the moment. ~Romans 13:11 On New Year’s Day, these words of Saint Paul reminded us to focus on the present. Sometimes we can get stuck in the past. We may find ourselves longing for the good old days when everything seemed just right. ... 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...

Sep 1, 2021

Today we share this beautiful prayer as many are beginning, or are getting ready to begin, a new school year. With the uncertainties of the pandemic, the stress on teachers, staff, parents and students is certainly heightened. Let's pray that all will feel the arms of Jesus around them during this time of transition. Let us pray that they will be able to let the anxiety go, sensing the peace that only the Spirit can ... Continue reading...

stress, prayer
Jun 16, 2021

Today's reflection is shared by Jen Murphy, the Center's Retreats & Events Manager. Let's read her thoughts sparked by an upcoming retreat theme... Peace In the Middle of the Pieces One of my favorite retreats to plan is our annual Women's Wellness retreat. Unlike other retreats on our schedule, this one is very hands-on for me and our committee of other staff members. A featured presenter offers various themes that we pick from and they are responsible ... Continue reading...

Dr. Robert Wicks, healing
May 28, 2021

Today's post is a short reflection about faith from Dr. Robert Wicks. Dr. Wicks is a popular speaker and author who shares his expertise in psychology and spirituality. He will be with us this fall for a day retreat, "Simple Care of a Hopeful Heart: Strengthening Your Inner Life in Challenging Times" (click here to read more). Throughout the pandemic, many of us have hung onto our faith on a deeper level to cope with ... Continue reading...

prayer for pandemic
May 14, 2021

Today's reflection comes from the pages of Joyce Rupp's "Anchors for the Soul". So many of us are feeling the crunch of the business of life once again, so it's easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed. Whether you're on a retreat at the Center or just need to few quiet moments to reflect at home, this is a great starting point. Now, let's take a few deep breaths and then read the following...   Stillness stillness just stillness like my ... Continue reading...

Bible on altar
Dec 11, 2020

During the pandemic, when we are bombarded with news of climbing COVID rates, it's difficult not to feel afraid. When we leave our homes, we even have to wear a visible sign of this caution - our face masks. It's easy to become overwhelmed with anxiety this year. So, today we thought it would be good to go back to the basics of our faith. Please take a few quiet moments and prayerfully read some ... Continue reading...

hands, prayer, pray
Nov 11, 2020

Oftentimes when we're catching up with friends or family members, we hear that their hearts are heavy with all that is going on in the world. Sometimes it's difficult to find words of comfort when the pandemic is so stressful for everyone. Today, we offer this poetic prayer, a blessing, that you can share with others. May it offer care and comfort to those with whom you share it.   What is a blessing but a rain ... Continue reading...

walk the labyrinth
Nov 6, 2020

Today we pause for peace and calm. Let's take a quiet moment to "walk" around the grounds of the Center, admiring the colors around us. Will you pray with us? Prayer for Peace and Calm Dear Lord and Father of humankind, Forgive our foolish ways; Reclothe us in our rightful mind, In purer lives Thy service find, In deeper reverence, praise. Drop Thy still dews of quietness, Till all our strivings cease; Take from our souls the strain and stress, And let our ordered lives ... Continue reading...

prayer for election
Oct 30, 2020

As election day approaches, many of us are overwhelmed by the tension amongst voters. We offer today's prayer as a way to give our election fears and anxiety over to God. May we focus on the gratitude for the opportunity to vote, a common ground that we can all find comfort in. Let us pray... Prayer for the Election Year of a President God of mercy, our nation is in a time of great transition. With all of ... Continue reading...