Bible on altar
May 4, 2022

An Encounter of Intimacy: Perspectives on Biblical Examples In this retreat, from biblical perspective, we will explore various ways in which we can learn, develop, and experience an intimate encounter with God. Growing in spiritual intimacy with God is the goal of every Christian. There are countless biblical figures and examples that remind us of this truth. In his letter to the Colossians, St. Paul urges them to continue live fully in Christ: “Therefore, as you ... Continue reading...

Father Nicholas Amato
Feb 24, 2022

When most folks think “What’s God’s will for me regarding such and such a situation?” they are asking a direct question and looking for a specific answer from God, as in, “To do or not to do.” There is, however, another equally good way of knowing for certain God’s will for you. It’s called “Discernment of Spirits.” It involves prayer, yes, and it also involves noticing what’s going on in your daily life that can ... Continue reading...

union, spiritual, relationship
Nov 5, 2021

The Creator of our hearts has planted in each of us a deep and persistent longing for infinite love and union. Yet, we cannot bring about the union we seek. Fortunately, hidden deep within us is a capacity for God in which we discover that we are the very manifestation of the God we seek. Thus, the indwelling presence and the love of God poured into our open hearts invite us to experience the joy ... Continue reading...

relax, reflect, meditate
Nov 3, 2021

Nurturing Restless Hearts What is in your heart? Are you seeking some change of heart? St. Augustine reminds us in his Confessions that “our heart is restless until it rests in you.” Drawing on Scripture and other sources, this day will explore different aspects of a discerning heart: the restless, searching heart, the forgiving heart, the grateful heart. The prophet Joel reminds us “to return to the Lord with our whole heart” (Joel 2:12). Come away ... Continue reading...

Father Nicholas Amato
Oct 9, 2021

When we look at the life of Jesus, we quickly discover that he remained at peace under pressure. He was never in a hurry. He was always at ease. He had a calmness about his life that enabled him to handle enormous amounts of stress. How did he do this so successfully? The answer can be stated simply: he based his life on sound principles of stress management. If we understand and apply the very principles ... Continue reading...

Sep 19, 2021

Our faithful friend of the blog, Fr. Michael Schleupner, offered this homily a few weeks ago. It gives his personal reflection about his relationship with Jesus, providing a beautiful way to embrace our connection to Jesus too. Let's take a few quiet moments to prayerfully read and reflect on our own journeys with God. Who do you say that Jesus is? Mark 8:27-35 Peter declares that Jesus is the Christ, and Jesus teaches that those who would ... Continue reading...

Fr. Mike, homily
Sep 15, 2021

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers Mass at our Center frequently and shared this homily with us from last week. We're so grateful for the wisdom that he shares with us and our guests! Let's see how he ties a story about dog food into the gospel! Gospel Reading Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 Dog Food Some years ago, I read a newspaper article about a particular kind of dog food. I was interested in it at that time because I had a dog. ... Continue reading...

Encyclical retreat
Sep 10, 2021

"Fratelli Tutti": Blueprint for a Spiritual Life Pope Francis is a pope for our times. He’s taken on so many of the evils and pitfalls we face as a global village. In his recent encyclical he presents a path for how we might deepen our own spiritual life. It begins with our struggles of isolation and darkness and moves on to how we might open our hearts in relating to others. We will explore this theme together. ... 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...

silent, directed retreat, spiritual direction
Jul 25, 2021

Fr. Michael continues his series on the Ignatian Examen today. Let's read about Examen's practice of gratitude. How can you incorporate this important task into your life? What are you thankful for today? Ignatian Examen Step 2 – Giving Thanks Dear Friends, After beginning the Examen by Seeking Light, we move to Giving Thanks. Ignatius saw gratitude as central to the spiritual life. He felt this so strongly that he said: “Ingratitude is the cause, beginning, and origin of ... Continue reading...