Apr 1, 2022

We spend a lot of our lives busily going from one task to the next. We often miss the present moment. The present moment is where we meet God. The present moment is also where we find the space to respond in healthier ways to our experiences instead of reacting automatically. Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the present moment, non-judgmentally, and with compassion. Paying attention to our experiences gives us valuable information ... Continue reading...

Chris Koellhoffer, Lenten retreat
Mar 4, 2022

The word, Lent, comes from the root meaning of “Spring.” What invitation might this unfolding season offer for the renewal and flourishing of our spirit? What tender shoots of kinship, compassion, and hope are we called to nurture during these days? Join us as we accompany Jesus and enter more deeply into a practice of presence that heals and repairs both our own lives and that of our beautiful, yet wounded world. This weekend will include ... Continue reading...

centering prayer, prayer group
Oct 12, 2021

Held in person on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 1-2pm and on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 7-8pm. For these in-person sessions, registration is required and preferred in advance. If you have not registered in advance, please arrive early so that you can register at our Welcome Center. (Virtual Zoom sessions will be the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays of the month from 1-2pm. Register by emailing facilitator Amy Kulesa at Amy_Kulesa@bshsi.org.) Centering Prayer is a form ... Continue reading...

hope, quiet mornings program
Oct 5, 2021

Quiet Mornings sessions are currently being held virtually on a different schedule. It occurs each month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, and the 4th Saturday, from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Please email Joanne at jmcahooneph3@gmail.com for the Zoom invitation. Quiet mornings provide an opportunity for quiet – for reflection, prayer, listening, presence – in common with others. Perhaps you’d like to carve out time, but could use the support of a structure that is ... Continue reading...

catholic, lectio divina
Oct 1, 2021

Join us as we meditate on the upcoming Sunday's readings and Gospel using Lectio Divina from 9:45am to 10:45am every Friday. Lectio Divina is one of the traditional practices of scripture reading. It promotes reflection and prayer on a word or phrase of God’s word. It will be instructed step by step and lead you to deepen your personal reflection and the spiritual journey of your life. All are welcome. Guided by Sr. Ji Choi, ... Continue reading...

Sep 11, 2021

Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, and Connecting with God We spend a lot of our lives busily going from one task to the next. We often miss the present moment. The present moment is where we meet God. The present moment is also where we find the space to respond in healthier ways to our experiences instead of reacting automatically. Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the present moment, non-judgmentally, and with compassion. Paying attention to ... Continue reading...

centering prayer, prayer group
May 16, 2021

Are you familiar with contemplative, Christian meditation practices? If you're curious, but not sure when to begin, we've included a nice introduction video below that we discovered on YouTube. Many find that it's helpful to adopt a prayer practice like this within a group setting. Centering Prayer sessions have been held at our Center for over five years and many guests return week after week for this special time of spiritual growth. Throughout the pandemic, ... Continue reading...

prayer for pandemic
May 14, 2021

Today's reflection comes from the pages of Joyce Rupp's "Anchors for the Soul". So many of us are feeling the crunch of the business of life once again, so it's easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed. Whether you're on a retreat at the Center or just need to few quiet moments to reflect at home, this is a great starting point. Now, let's take a few deep breaths and then read the following...   Stillness stillness just stillness like my ... Continue reading...

blog, reflection
Nov 18, 2020

Today's post comes from retreat presenter, Susan Boruff.  Let's read about her lessons from scripture that encourage us to examine our hearts with compassion. Love in Action “Whatever arises, love that.” Matt Kahn Give yourself permission to spend some time with God. You might want to light a candle to remind you that God is in you and around you, the light of the world and the Light within us-Christ in you. St. Paul reminds us in Philippians 2:7 ... Continue reading...

prayer, meditation
Oct 28, 2020

Today we are highlighting a video from YouTube. It is a meditative video with soft music and reassuring scripture. After seven long months of the pandemic, many of us are weary and anxious. Our faith can ease this anxiety though. The Bible reminds us to turn our worries over to God in prayer. We hope that this video can provide some of the reassurance that you're seeking today. Let's take a deep breath...in...and out...and let ... Continue reading...