Bon Secours blog

July 27, 2022

Meditation for Anxiety & Stress

Although it's summertime, often a time for retreat or carefree vacations, there is still a lot of anxiety and stress in our every day world today. We discovered this soothing 6+ minute audio meditation and hope that the words of St. Paul will set the tone to turn your anxiety and stress over to the One who can provide relief and comfort.   Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your…

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audio meditation
July 24, 2022

Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

It was such a pleasure to have Fr. Michael Schleupner and Fr. Phil Cover with us last week for the directed retreat. They took turns celebrating Mass each day and Fr. Michael shared today's post on Friday for the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. Let's see what we can learn about this amazing woman from scripture. On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw…

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Mary Magdalene
May 22, 2022

Springtime Gratitude

Last week we highlighted a few poems about nature by famous authors as we celebrate spring. Today we are sharing poetry by women authors that provide inspiration for our Creator's beautiful sanctuary outdoors at this time of year. Are you familiar with these poems too? Do you have other favorites that you'd like to share? Please let us know in the comments. Christina Rossetti, ‘Spring' There is no time like Spring, When life’s alive in everything, Before new nestlings sing,…

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spring, poetry
March 18, 2022

Pioneering Dreams

We are continuing our series for Women's History Month and International Women's Day today. Let's learn more about the incredible achievements of Dr. Rebecca Cole and meditate on the creative words of Sarojini Naidu. Rebecca Cole graduated from medical school and became a physician in 1867. She was not only a pioneer for becoming a doctor as an African American woman at that time, but also a public health advocate and hygiene reformer in the US. An evidence-based researcher, she…

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Poetry, Women's History Month
February 25, 2022

A Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

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 day. May the Queen of…

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prayers for Ukraine
May 4, 2020

When I Get to Heaven

Linda Mastro provided another insightful reflection for our blog today. She is a retreat presenter at our Center and will be guiding, “Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart”, a women’s retreat next January. Click here to read more about the retreat. Thank you, Linda! When I Get to Heaven          I have many spiritual teachers and guides. Henri Nouwen, Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, Joyce Rupp, and Thomas Keating top the list. I recently added John Prine, the folk song writer…

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April 4, 2020

Wisdom vs. Folly

Fr. Robert Albright has presented retreats at our Center for many years and is a great friend of our community. He offers this reflection, based on an Egyptian Maat. Here is a definition of 'maat' according to Britannica.com: "In its abstract sense, maat was the divine order established at creation and reaffirmed at the accession of each new king of Egypt. In [this] setting maat ‘order’ in place of isfet ‘disorder,’..." Let's contemplate this maat from Fr. Bob today. WISDOM…

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