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August 9, 2022

The Immaculate Heart of Mary

August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Catholic Church. The Immaculate Heart represents the Mary's desire to bring all people to her Son. What a beautiful example of our Christian life Mary offers for all of us!   The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” ~ Luke 1:28 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” ~ Luke 1:38…

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devotion to mary
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
June 22, 2022

Where is the beauty in your world?

Today's post comes from Mary DeTurris Poust, spiritual writer and presenter (click here to visit her website). She has provided inspiring retreats at our Center and we look forward to having her back next year too. In the meantime, we're so grateful that she's sharing some of her reflections with our blog audience. Let's read her thoughts about taking a small moment to be still and appreciate the world around us. Where is the beauty in your world? As I…

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prayer, fear not
May 15, 2022

Follow Jesus

Today's post comes from Fr. Michael Schleupner, friend of and frequent presenter/spiritual director for the Center. Fr. Michael shared this homily last week and we're grateful to be able to share it with you now. Do you follow Jesus by practicing simplicity and grace? Share with us. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my…

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God in all things
April 6, 2022

Seek the stillness

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 to hear that still, small…

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finding God in the mess
February 20, 2022

“Blessed” or “Woe

Fr. Michael Schleupner shared the homily below last week and we think our readers will also enjoy his insights. How does it shed light on this passage from Luke for you? And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate…

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Jesus teaching
February 18, 2022

Patron Saint of Artists

We celebrate the Feast Day of Blessed John of Fiesole (Fra Angelico) today. Are you familiar with the work of this Patron Saint of Artists? We're taking this opportunity to share a few of his famous paintings. How does spiritual art inspire your faith? Share your thoughts about his artwork in the comments. "Artists—painters, sculptors, musicians—have long known that being attuned to the light, the ability to see deeply, connects us with the holy in a fresh and new way.”…

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January 26, 2022

Sisters of Bon Secours Foundation Day

Our Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Bon Secours. Monday marked their Foundation Day, the day when the first sisters took their vows on January 24, 1824 at the St. Sulpice Church in Paris, France. We are forever grateful for these 12 brave pioneers who formed the community that went on to share their ministry across the world. As we mark this special day, let's learn a little more about their rich history.…

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Sisters of Bon Secours, health
January 9, 2022

A Stone and Ripples

Today's post comes from favorite retreat presenter, Fr. Michael Schleupner. He shared the following as we reflect on the Epiphany this week. Fr. Michael, and three other spiritual directors, will be leading retreat guests on a silent directed retreat at our Center, beginning this Friday. Please keep them in prayer as you contemplate the "ripples" of prayer too. A Stone and Ripples Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. ~Is.…

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Fr. Michael Schleupner
January 5, 2022

Epiphany: God’s love came down

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 what they see: heaven…

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advent, magi