Ash Wednesday retreats
Mar 2, 2022

At the Retreat & Conference Center today, we are welcoming guests for our Ash Wednesday retreat and our Friends Day of Prayer retreat as we usher in the season of Lent. How are you marking the beginning of this sacred time? May you feel God's Presence during this special sacred season. Let us pray... Gracious God, today begins a period of inner reflection and examination. The days stretch before me and invite me inward to that silent, holy ... Continue reading...

prayers for Ukraine
Feb 25, 2022

The people of Ukraine are on our minds today. It's difficult to grasp what they must be going through, what they must be feeling. It's easy to feel helpless from across the globe, but we can all help by praying. Pope Francis said, “I invite everyone to make March 2, Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting for peace. I encourage believers in a special way to devote themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that ... Continue reading...

Fr. Michael Schleupner, ashes
Feb 28, 2021

Today's post is from our friend, Fr. Michael Schleupner. He shared these words during the liturgy on Ash Wednesday and they provide inspiration for us to carry through Lent. We're so thankful to Fr. Mike for sharing his homilies with our blog audience. Were you able to attend an Ash Wednesday service? If not, did you mark the day in a special way in your home? Please share with us in the comments. Genesis: A Living ... Continue reading...

Ash Wednesday, Lent
Feb 21, 2021

Today's post is another great reflection by Fr. Michael Schleupner. Let's read his thoughts, the first in a series about repentance, as we begin this sacred season of Lent. Repentance - 1 Dear Friends, A few days ago we observed Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, the season for repentance. What is repentance? Often, we have been led to see this as focusing almost solely on myself, as doing a serious examination of conscience and seeking God’s forgiveness. ... Continue reading...