centering prayer, prayer group
May 24, 2022

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...

mary, statue of mary
May 8, 2022

Happy Mother's Day to all those moms and mother figures who care for so many. We hope that you are being honored in big and small ways, celebrating what you've done for others. For those who have lost their moms, you may be honoring them by making a favorite recipe or planting a favorite flower that she cherished. For those who can connect with these special ladies, maybe you're gathering for lunch or spending time ... Continue reading...

prayer for Ukraine
Mar 9, 2022

Our hearts are heavy with the news that's released daily about the war in Ukraine. During a staff meeting last week, our Guest Services Manager, Rose Kurtz, offered this prayer that she discovered. Maybe you have recently lifted up a similar prayer? Will you join us in prayer too? Prayer for peace in Ukraine Holy and Gracious God We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders. We pray for ... Continue reading...

Labor Day prayer
Sep 5, 2021

As Labor Day approaches, let's take a moment in gratitude for the jobs that many of us hold and to pray for those less fortunate who are seeking a way to afford necessities. We lift up prayers of justice for all those seeking employment and for many who are seeking jobs. Pray with us... Loving God, on this weekend, when we rest from our usual labors, we pray for all who shoulder the tasks of human ... Continue reading...

contemplative prayer, silence
Jul 16, 2021

Revel in Summer Dear God, Let us revel in summer. Let us soak up the long days and warm sun. May our feet walk on sandy beaches and our heads rest on thick grass under blue skies. May we listen to and marvel at the singing of the birds and stop to watch blissful children at play. This summer, God, may our breathing slow and our hearts open. God help us to be present to all that is so that we ... Continue reading...

veterans day, prayer
Jul 4, 2021

God, source of all freedom, this day is bright with the memory of those that declared that life and liberty are your gift to every human being. Help us to continue a good work begun long ago. Make our vision clear and our will strong; that only in human solidarity will we find liberty, and justice only in the honor that belongs to every life on earth. Turn our hearts towards the family of nations: to understand the ways of others, to offer friendship, and ... 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, 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...

desert
Sep 2, 2020

Amy Kulesa, Director of the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates and frequent retreat presenter at our Center, shares the following reflection about Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Coincidentally, we just added a special retreat about Teilhard to our calendar for next summer too. We're looking forward to having Sr. Kathleen Duffy with us next July when we presents, "Dawn to the Road of Fire: Teilhard and Struggle" which is based around her latest book Teilhard’s Struggle: ... Continue reading...

labyrinth
Aug 12, 2020

"Prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy."   ~St. Therese of Lisieux   “The labyrinth literally reintroduces the experience of walking a clearly defined path. This reminds us that there is a path, a process that brings us to unity, to the center of our beings. In the simple act of walking, the soul finds solace and ... Continue reading...