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, love
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...

self talk
Feb 7, 2021

Fr. Michael Schleupner, friend of the Center, is offering a series of posts about the power of words. Take a moment to read and think about the self-talk. Can you focus on the positive and find the joy today? Words - 1 Dear Friends, Last Sunday, my homily focused on the power of our words. Click here to read that post. Today I am sharing some additional comments on the same topic. Besides the words that we speak to ... Continue reading...

power of words
Jan 31, 2021

Today's reflection is shared by Fr. Michael Schleupner. Fr. Mike offers weekly Mass for the Sisters of Bon Secours and also provides spiritual direction to our guests during some of our directed retreats. He will be with us for this summer's August retreat. You can learn more about it by clicking here. Let's take a few quiet moments to read this important message... The Power of Words Our words are important. In fact, they are powerful. We need ... Continue reading...

advent
Dec 20, 2020

Our dear friend, Fr. Michael Schleupner, offers another poignant message today. We recommend reading the reflection and then googling this statue that Fr. Mike refers to (images are copyrighted so they cannot be used on our blog). As we reflect and prepare for Christmas in just a few days, how are you listening, speaking and working? How are you doing this during the pandemic? John the Prophet In the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, there is ... Continue reading...

health, pandemic
Dec 6, 2020

Today's reflection comes from Fr. Michael Schleupner, a retreat presenter at our Center. He offers these helpful reminders for dealing with the pandemic. At a time when we may be disappointed about rising COVID numbers and how this is impacting our upcoming plans for Christmas, these can be helpful as we cope and take care of our physical and mental health. What do you implement in your daily life? Hang in There Dear Friends, We are all very ... Continue reading...

apples
Nov 29, 2020

Fr. Michael concludes his series on Pope Francis today with great insight into this culture of care. Maybe there is one suggestion of providence that you can apply from this message. As we watch the season change and reflect on this time of thanksgiving, let us care for creation in a special, meaningful way. Pope Francis - 5 Dear Friends, In his encyclical Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis calls us to a ... Continue reading...

Oct 25, 2020

Today's post comes from our friend Fr. Michael Schleupner. Fr. Mike will be with us again next summer for a directed retreat and it's not too early to sign up! Click here to learn more. In the meantime, let's learn more about how we can strengthen our personal encounters with Christ. Pope Francis - 1     Dear Friends, On October 4, our Catholic calendar celebrated the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. This has led me to some ... Continue reading...

Oct 18, 2020

Today's post comes from a friend of the Retreat & Conference Center, Fr. Michael Schleupner. Fr. Mike has presented many retreats for our Center and we look forward to seeing him again soon! Let's take a few quiet moments to read his thoughts about the Rosary. The Rosary Dear Friends, Today I am thinking about mysteries. I do not mean a Sherlock Holmes mystery that a good detective can solve. Instead, I am referring to the great mysteries ... Continue reading...