Advent retreat
Dec 2, 2022

Listen, listen, wait in silence, Listening… For the One, from whom all mercy flows. During the holy season of Advent, we are a waiting people. Just as the Jewish people of the 1st century awaited the long-expected Messiah and still, in our day, look for Messiah’s coming, those who accept Jesus as the fulfillment of this promise, spend the four weeks before Christmas in joyful expectancy each year. At this start of Advent, we gather to reflect on ... Continue reading...

advent, magi
Jan 5, 2022

Tomorrow we celebrate Epiphany, the day we commemorate the Magi visiting the infant Jesus. If you are seeking a way to celebrate this special day, why not register for our online Epiphany retreat? This retreat will be guided by Gordon Creamer, tomorrow evening from 6-8pm. Click here to learn more. For now, let's take a few quiet moments to contemplate the meaning of this encounter so long ago. Today the Magi gaze in deep wonder at ... Continue reading...

nativity
Dec 29, 2021

First Coming Madeleine L’Engle He did not wait till the world was ready, till men and nations were at peace. He came when the Heavens were unsteady, and prisoners cried out for release. He did not wait for the perfect time. He came when the need was deep and great. He dined with sinners in all their grime, turned water into wine. He did not wait till hearts were pure. In joy he came to a tarnished world of sin and doubt. To a world like ours, ... Continue reading...

Christmas concert, music, lights
Dec 26, 2021

We Greet Your Coming People in Nativity Scene Costumes We greet your coming, God, with wonder: You come to be with us; yet you remain far greater than we can imagine. You are near; yet your wisdom sets you apart from us. You appear among us; yet we cannot describe your glory. We greet your coming, God, with repentance: We are more or less satisfied with ourselves; but your presence exposes our sin and failure. We are self-confident; but you challenge our confidence ... Continue reading...

silent night, Christmas blog
Dec 24, 2021

Whether you're enjoying this Christmas Eve with family and friends, at an afternoon family church service, at work, alone baking, writing out cards, quietly meditating on scripture or going to midnight Mass, we hope that it is a time of rich spiritual blessings. The staff of the Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center wishes you the joy of Christmas and the peace that can only come from knowing that our Savior is born! Joy of Discovery The ... Continue reading...

silent retreat, Advent, waiting
Dec 10, 2021

Is this season of waiting difficult for you to grasp and appreciate? Today's post by retreat presenter and gifted writer, Mary DeTurris Poust, may resonate with you. An Unlikely Advent Journey For the longest time, I considered myself more of a Lent person than an Advent person. The journey through the desert felt familiar, the three-prong practice of fasting, prayer and charity was concrete and easy to grasp. As I age, I find myself learning to love ... Continue reading...

2nd week of Advent
Dec 8, 2021

This reflection is from Loyola Press and meditates on the artwork Mattia Preti’s St. John the Baptist Preaching. Take a few quiet moments to listen and watch the powerful message behind this painting and pray with us. *Learn more on the Ignatian Spirituality website here. Advent Prayer Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do and seek quiet spaces to hear your ... Continue reading...

Advent 2nd week
Dec 5, 2021

Today's post is the first in an Advent series from Fr. Michael Schleupner, a beloved retreat presenter, spiritual director and priest who frequently celebrates Mass at our Center. Let's prepare our hearts and minds during this special period of waiting for the birth of Jesus. Getting Ready - 1 Dear Friends, During December, most of the focus is on getting ready for Christmas. Often enough, Christmas is presented as simply a holiday or week of holidays. I realize that ... Continue reading...

Advent, hope
Dec 3, 2021

In this season of waiting, breathe in life. Life of the One who created all things, whose image we bear. In this season of waiting, breathe in love. Love of the One who gave a precious Son to live as one of us. In this season of waiting breathe in peace. Peace of the One who calmed the sea and quiets the tumult of our souls. In this season of waiting breathe in hope. Hope that the One for whom we wait is indeed making all things whole.   by Christine Sine from godspace-msa.com Offered by Dora ... Continue reading...

Tara Mulder, Bon Secours
Dec 23, 2020

Christmas Day is only a few days away! How are you preparing your heart for the birth of Jesus? Today's reflection is a continuation from last Friday by Tara Mulder, our Guest Services Coordinator. Let's read this follow-up about her creative process for this year's Christmas cards, an inspiring post about the perfect love of our Savior. With Every Christmas Card I Write, Part 2 Back in September of this strange and difficult year, I starting researching ... Continue reading...