Advent retreat
Dec 8, 2022

“The Lord will come and he will not delay.” (Cf. Habakkuk 2:3) Advent is about waiting and preparing for the coming of Jesus; commemorating his birth and first coming and also anticipating the second coming of Christ. But our Christian faith tells us that God is with us, already and still. This holy season also invites us to encounter God in the present, in the day-to-day of our lives. Set aside some personal time for this ... Continue reading...

Father Nicholas Amato
Sep 7, 2022

Achieving Peace of Mind Peace of mind doesn’t come easy. Often we are not clear what is causing the waves of discontent or the feelings of uneasiness. Things just don’t seem to fit and we’re not sure why. What will bring peace is when we have a clear understanding of who we are, when we are able to name the responsibilities that we do have, develop a way to set our priorities, and confront our obstacles ... Continue reading...

nativity
Dec 29, 2021

First Coming Madeleine L’Engle He did not wait till the world was ready, till men and nations were at peace. He came when the Heavens were unsteady, and prisoners cried out for release. He did not wait for the perfect time. He came when the need was deep and great. He dined with sinners in all their grime, turned water into wine. He did not wait till hearts were pure. In joy he came to a tarnished world of sin and doubt. To a world like ours, ... Continue reading...

Christmas concert, music, lights
Dec 26, 2021

We Greet Your Coming People in Nativity Scene Costumes We greet your coming, God, with wonder: You come to be with us; yet you remain far greater than we can imagine. You are near; yet your wisdom sets you apart from us. You appear among us; yet we cannot describe your glory. We greet your coming, God, with repentance: We are more or less satisfied with ourselves; but your presence exposes our sin and failure. We are self-confident; but you challenge our confidence ... Continue reading...

silent night, Christmas blog
Dec 24, 2021

Whether you're enjoying this Christmas Eve with family and friends, at an afternoon family church service, at work, alone baking, writing out cards, quietly meditating on scripture or going to midnight Mass, we hope that it is a time of rich spiritual blessings. The staff of the Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center wishes you the joy of Christmas and the peace that can only come from knowing that our Savior is born! Joy of Discovery The ... Continue reading...

last week of Advent
Dec 19, 2021

On this last Sunday of Advent, we offer another important lesson from Fr. Michael Schleupner's 'Getting Ready' series. Although this was presented for the 3rd week of Advent, it can lead us right into today's focus on love as well. Let us know your thoughts as you reflect on the hope, peace, joy and love of the season. The week has arrived! Jesus is coming soon! Getting Ready - 3 Dear Friends, Last week I recommended that we ... Continue reading...

silent retreat, Advent, waiting
Dec 10, 2021

Is this season of waiting difficult for you to grasp and appreciate? Today's post by retreat presenter and gifted writer, Mary DeTurris Poust, may resonate with you. An Unlikely Advent Journey For the longest time, I considered myself more of a Lent person than an Advent person. The journey through the desert felt familiar, the three-prong practice of fasting, prayer and charity was concrete and easy to grasp. As I age, I find myself learning to love ... Continue reading...

Advent 2nd week
Dec 5, 2021

Today's post is the first in an Advent series from Fr. Michael Schleupner, a beloved retreat presenter, spiritual director and priest who frequently celebrates Mass at our Center. Let's prepare our hearts and minds during this special period of waiting for the birth of Jesus. Getting Ready - 1 Dear Friends, During December, most of the focus is on getting ready for Christmas. Often enough, Christmas is presented as simply a holiday or week of holidays. I realize that ... Continue reading...

Advent, hope
Dec 3, 2021

In this season of waiting, breathe in life. Life of the One who created all things, whose image we bear. In this season of waiting, breathe in love. Love of the One who gave a precious Son to live as one of us. In this season of waiting breathe in peace. Peace of the One who calmed the sea and quiets the tumult of our souls. In this season of waiting breathe in hope. Hope that the One for whom we wait is indeed making all things whole.   by Christine Sine from godspace-msa.com Offered by Dora ... Continue reading...

Sisters of Bon Secours, Advent Retreat
Nov 28, 2021

During the first week of Advent, we focus on hope. Let's take a few quiet moments to lift each other up with this prayer of hope as we welcome the season of Advent. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned..." ~Isaiah 9:2 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope ... Continue reading...