Divine love
Feb 12, 2021

Join us on Valentine’s Day at the Retreat and Conference Center for special dinner and an evening sharing stories of love. Rev. Stephen Wade and Molly Wade will guide an open and participatory conversation highlighting the amazing diversity of ways in which love shows up in the human family. Rev. Stephen will also offer reflections on some of the Lifelong Lessons for Living that are embedded in Christian marriage liturgies, and the evening will conclude ... Continue reading...

weekly blog
Nov 22, 2020

Fr. Michael Schleuper offers another reflection in his series about Pope Francis. Are you familiar with Laudato Si? Fr. Michael shares his thoughts on this letter and and easy way for us to apply these insights to our daily lives. Pope Francis - 4 Dear Friends, In 2015, Pope Francis wrote an encyclical on the earth, our environment – the first encyclical ever written on this topic. (By the way, an encyclical is a long letter that popes ... Continue reading...

Jesus heals
Nov 15, 2020

Today's post is based on a recent homily that Fr. Michael Schleupner gave at Mass for the Sisters of Bon Secours. Let's prayerfully read this lesson from scripture and remember to welcome all of God's children into our hearts. Including Others for Spiritual Wholeness Readings:   Philippians 1:1-11, Luke 14:1-6 This morning I want to point out two details in the gospel. And I think each detail has some lesson for us. First, today we see the fourth time in ... 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...

humor, funny
Sep 16, 2020

Today's post features an older blog from Dr. Angela Bisignano. Her website shared this blog several years ago and during tough times like this, we could all use more laughter in our lives, right? Let's read her advice about the spiritual benefits of laughter! The Spiritual Side of Laughter by Dr. Angela Bisignano Think of how you feel when you see someone laughing. I know it makes me feel good. Laughter has an infectious quality. I feel less ... Continue reading...

peace, emotions, contemplative
Sep 13, 2020

The pandemic has certainly tested everyone and some may feel inadequate in various areas of their lives. The good news is that we can lean on God and Fr. James Martin explains how our weaknesses can be a gift. Let's take a quiet moment to reflect on this quote from him.   “The beginning of sanctity is loving yourself as a creation of God. And that means all of yourself, even the parts that you wish weren’t ... Continue reading...

Aug 30, 2020

Before each of our staff meetings at the Retreat & Conference Center, we begin with a prayerful reflection. It isn't uncommon for that reflection to be read from one of Sarah Young's popular "Jesus Calling" books. These daily devotionals select a passage from Scripture and then share the author's wisdom on how Jesus is speaking to us, making it personalized. As we worship and rest today, we hope that you will also be comforted by ... Continue reading...

blog, meditation, contemplation
Aug 5, 2020

Welcome back to our blog. Susan Boruff writes today's reflection and Kathy Anderson follows with a meditation video. Susan and Kathy frequently present retreats at our Center. Let's take a few moments to quietly reflect on their thoughts and to connect with God. As It Is In Heaven By: Susan Boruff “There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.” ~Rumi Have you ever thought about the millions of people that gather every Sunday and pray together saying, ... Continue reading...

LCWR reflection
Jul 22, 2020

Today's reflection has been shared by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Let's take a few moments to read, to listen and to pray. As we slowly move toward new ways of perceiving life, what wonders might we be taking for granted? Suggested Music: O Domine, O Christe – Margaret Rizza (click here) If the Moon Came Out Only Once a Month If the moon came out only once a month people would appreciate it more. They’d mark it in their ... Continue reading...

Breath prayer
Jul 16, 2020

Susan Boruff writes today's reflection and Kathy Anderson follows with a meditation video. Susan and Kathy frequently present retreats at our Center and we look forward to welcoming them back sometime soon. Let's take a few moments to quietly reflect on their thoughts. Let Us Breathe, Let Us Pray By: Susan Boruff And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:22 My nurse daughter Katherine, who lives in Washington DC, has been working ... Continue reading...