cross, crucifixion, Good Friday
Apr 2, 2021

The famous poet, Robert Frost, once wrote, “A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” On this solemn Good Friday, we gravitate to the words of poets and songwriters to express our journey. May you be touched by these words and feel the Spirit around you as we await the resurrection. At the Cross I wait, And time ticks past. I gaze, Made silent by the sight. I watch, As soldiers meticulously move Executing ... 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...

palm sunday, Jesus
Mar 28, 2021

Our blog today features a beautiful poem to mark Palm Sunday. Are you laying down palms at the feet of Jesus today? Let's read each word slowly and try to visualize our journey that leads to the cross, following the path of our one true King. What kind of king are you? What kind of king rides on a donkey a donkey that might be borrowed, or might be hijacked? What kind of king builds a castle with a wide-open door for children ... 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...

Jun 19, 2020

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers today's reflection as part of a series about spirituality. Let's take a few quiet moments to read his insights. Spirituality – 2 Dear Friends, The first core element of a spirituality may seem so obvious that we would not even have to say it. It is this: we need at least a basic faith about life, about God, and about some of the particulars relating to God and us. So, each Sunday at Mass, we offer ... Continue reading...

Jun 9, 2020

Today's post is a timely reflection and meditation from retreat presenters Susan Boruff and Kathy Anderson. Let's take a few quiet moments to read this reflection by Susan and then watch the video at the end by Kathy. How You Can Cure Violence “We each contain the potentials to be both destructive and creative.” Jeremiah Abrams, Jungian therapist. I was talking to a friend the other day about the documentary Tiger King. He told me that he didn’t ... Continue reading...

Good Friday, online reflection
Apr 10, 2020

A few years ago, a Muslim man was visiting a small Trappist monastery in the Northern African country of Algeria. This Muslim and the abbot of the monastery were friends and he was delighted to take his guest on a tour of the monastery. Eventually they came to the chapel. The Muslim stopped and gazed wistfully at the crucifix. After what seemed like several minutes of silence, the abbot asked his friend what he saw ... Continue reading...