spring, prayer, poetry
May 13, 2022

Today's inspiration comes from famous poets who eloquently express our gratitude for spring. We hope that you have a beautiful view of spring today as you read these poems. Say a prayer of thanks for the sun, the rain, the flowers, the breeze, the light. Share about it with us in the comments. For Flowers That Bloom For flowers that bloom about our feet; For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet; For song of bird, and hum of bee; For ... Continue reading...

Good Friday, Coronavirus Good Friday
Apr 15, 2022

The famous poet, Robert Frost, once wrote, “A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” On this solemn Good Friday, we gravitate to the words of poets and songwriters to express our journey. May you be touched by these words and feel the Spirit around you as we await the resurrection. At the Cross I wait, And time ticks past. I gaze, Made silent by the sight. I watch, As soldiers meticulously move Executing ... Continue reading...

finding God in the mess
Apr 6, 2022

Now that activities have resumed, are you finding that your calendar feels too full? Are you stressed from feeling pulled into too many directions with endless 'to-do' lists? Today's post offers reflections from the gifted Joyce Rupp that may help you to relish a few quiet moments in contemplation, especially as we approach Holy Week. So, let's sit in a comfortable position, let's breathe in and out, in and out, and pray to be able ... Continue reading...

Women's History Month
Mar 25, 2022

For our last blog of the Women's History Month and International Women's Day series, we ask you to pause and reflect on the leaders you have admired and in your own lives. Pray for women across the world. Thank them for their contributions to equality and justice, whether it be headline worthy or quietly within their own communities. Honor those special women have impacted your life and share about it in the comments too. A Prayer ... Continue reading...

Frances Harper
Feb 16, 2022

Today, we continue our Wednesday poetry series for Black History Month. Enjoy the work of Frances E. W. Harper (1825-1911) and modern day poet Nikki Giovanni too. Songs for the People Let me make the songs for the people, Songs for the old and young; Songs to stir like a battle-cry Wherever they are sung. Not for the clashing of sabres, For carnage nor for strife; But songs to thrill the hearts of men With more abundant life. Let me make the songs for the ... Continue reading...

blessings. blessings video
Nov 19, 2021

Amy Kulesa, Director of the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates, presented a retreat recently around a gratitude theme. She shared a few inspiring videos with these guests and we thought that you would enjoy this one. This video is a reminder that even if we are burdened, life gives us so much to be grateful for...gifts from the only Source of all our blessings. May this video resonate with you as you pray with us, ... Continue reading...

Seeds of hope
Aug 4, 2021

Today's blog is a powerful song about hope, shared by Sr. Ji Choi, CBS. Sr. Ji offers several free mini-retreats throughout the month, including a weekly Bible Meditation on Fridays and a series of afternoon retreats about the Year of St. Joseph. We hope that this song will inspire you to continue hope, for with God all things are possible. "Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you." ~Psalm 33:22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd2ZERJ9n5I Click ... Continue reading...

journal, Examen
Aug 1, 2021

Today's reflection is the 3rd in Fr. Michael Schleupner's series about the Ignatian Examen. For previous posts, please click here to review all of our blogs. Let's take a few quiet moments to read through Fr. Mike's thoughts about this phase of the Examen. Ignatian Examen Step 3 – Looking Back Dear Friends, After Seeking Light and Giving Thanks, we move to Looking Back. In this third step of the Examen, we review the prior day or the day ... Continue reading...

pray the rosary
Jul 28, 2021

Our guests are often drawn to our retreat programs that explore different prayer methods. How wonderful to have so many ways to communicate with God and feel the Spirit around us! Mary DeTurris Poust presented a wonderful weekend retreat at our Center in June and now she is sharing the following blog with us about her new appreciation for the rosary. Confessions of a rosary convert by Mary DeTurris Poust on July 1, 2021 Rosary-challenged. That’s how I’ve ... Continue reading...

juneteenth prayer
Jun 18, 2021

Tomorrow, on June 19, we celebrate Juneteenth. Within the African American community, Juneteenth is known as a second “Independence Day”. It is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African American slaves throughout the Confederate South. This was more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. With continued racism in our country, it's especially important to recognize ... Continue reading...