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...

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...

weekday retreat
Sep 1, 2021

“Spirituality: Finding the Balance” This retreat will be a time when we invite one to look within to find harmony and direction. It will be a time to discover and give more time to that area of one’s life that may be deprived. Hopefully, it will be a time of achieving wholeness and balance: wholeness that opens one to a deeper and fuller life with God. Our Friends Day of Prayer retreats are held monthly on the ... Continue reading...

directed retreat
Aug 15, 2021

Our August directed retreat consists of six days of spiritual direction. Retreatants will meet with a spiritual director daily (or less if you desire) to reflect on God’s Presence and movement in your life as revealed in prayer, the events and relationships in your life and the response to God that is being made. The spiritual director may make suggestions (prayer forms, Scripture, reading materials, etc…) to support and deepen your awareness of and response ... Continue reading...

crucifixion
Mar 31, 2021

Fr. Michael Schleupner shared this on Palm Sunday, but it's a poignant message to carry throughout Holy Week.  Our last post painted the picture of Palm Sunday and today we can visualize more details of the crucifixion, analyzing our own personal role as we journey to "The Raising of the Cross". Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16 Jesus enters Jerusalem as the crowds shout, “Hosanna!” Isaiah 50:4-7 The Lord’s servant will stand firm, even when persecuted. Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24 A cry for help ... Continue reading...

religious blog
Mar 21, 2021

Fr. Michael Schleupner offered this reflection last week, the fourth Sunday of Lent, a lesson of healing that we can carry with us any time as we gaze up at the cross. The Lifting Up: Background Jesus says: “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up…” Jesus is referring to an incident when the Israelites were in the desert after being freed from slavery in Egypt. Life ... Continue reading...

Fr. Mike, Catholic, homily
Mar 12, 2021

Fr. Michael Schleupner shares today's message, which was given on the first Friday of Lent. It's a lesson from scripture that should linger throughout the year though. Let's take a few quiet minutes on our own to reflect on this lesson. Readings: Ezekiel 18:21-28, Matthew 5:20-26 The term “minimalism” – “minimalism” – describes a certain kind of art. “Minimalism” is an artistic movement that tends to extreme simplification of form or shape. It tries to capture just ... Continue reading...

Ash Wednesday, Lent
Feb 21, 2021

Today's post is another great reflection by Fr. Michael Schleupner. Let's read his thoughts, the first in a series about repentance, as we begin this sacred season of Lent. Repentance - 1 Dear Friends, A few days ago we observed Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, the season for repentance. What is repentance? Often, we have been led to see this as focusing almost solely on myself, as doing a serious examination of conscience and seeking God’s forgiveness. ... Continue reading...

cross, valentine
Feb 14, 2021

Today's post is a continuation of the series about the power of our words from Fr. Michael Schleupner. We are happy to have Fr. Mike back this summer for a week-long directed retreat where he will offer daily spiritual direction to his group and also offer daily Mass. You can click here to learn more. Let's take a few quiet moments this Valentine's Day to read these inspiring words about sharing our love through words. Words ... Continue reading...