spring, Easter
May 1, 2022

Happy Easter See the land, her Easter keeping, Rises as her Maker rose. Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping, Burst at last from winter snows. Earth with heaven above rejoices; Fields and gardens hail the spring; Shaughs and woodlands ring with voices, While the wild birds build and sing. You, to whom your Maker granted Powers to those sweet birds unknown, Use the craft by God implanted; Use the reason not your own. Here, while heaven and earth rejoices, Each his Easter tribute bring— Work of fingers, chant of voices, Like ... Continue reading...

hope, resurrection
Apr 24, 2022

Today's post comes from one of our frequent retreat presenters, Fr. Michael Schleupner. Let's read his timely insight about hope from the resurrection and how we can carry it with us today, even as we hear of more devastating news each day. Easter Hope Dear Friends, With the Russian invasion of Ukraine and all the human tragedy happening there, this Easter turns my inner spirit to hope. Easter, the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection, inspires hope in me. I see ... Continue reading...

Easter, resurrection
Apr 20, 2022

The Savior who died in our stead, now has risen from the dead, The Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, from that grave to New Life, Those who saw Him could rejoice, praising God with one voice, In light that He now has risen, Eternal Life to us, God has given. Christ, who died for all man’s sin, now in power can reign within, In every Believer, in their heart, once residing, He will not depart, New Life, He gives to you ... Continue reading...

Easter, Easter praise
Apr 17, 2022

Happy Easter! We hope that you are filled with joy of the resurrection of Jesus today and always. Alleluia! Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. ~Matthew 28:5-6 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live," ~John 11:25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rmmsrbX9_4     Continue reading...

Good Friday, Coronavirus Good Friday
Apr 15, 2022

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...

Fr. Michael Schluepner
Mar 13, 2022

Fr. Michael Schleupner, one of our frequent retreat presenters and spiritual directors, offers an "Inbox Inspiration" on our blog today. Let's read about this practical story and the poignant lessons from Scripture that he shared last week. ...And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” ~ Luke 4:12 (taken from reading Luke 4:1-13) Temptation There is a story about a man who, let’s just say, had put on a few extra ... Continue reading...

resurrection, Easter season
Apr 11, 2021

Today's blog features a homily that Fr. Michael Schleupner delivered on Easter Sunday. It's a message that can inspire us throughout this Easter season and beyond! “For the Living among the Dead?” John 20:1-18, Mark 16:1-8 “Why are you looking for the living One among the dead?” We hear this question in today’s gospel. Maybe it’s a good idea to allow it to be asked directly to ourselves: “Why are you looking for the living One among the ... Continue reading...

spring, poetry
Apr 9, 2021

Here in Marriottsville, we've been enjoying really beautiful weather this week! Nature is rejoicing in this Easter season too! Parts of the campus have bloomed and others are simply bursting with buds in anticipation of a few more days of sunshine. Our hearts are full of gratitude for the season and also full of hope as more staff members become vaccinated and guests share that they are now vaccinated too. It's certainly a springtime of ... Continue reading...

savior, easter blog
Apr 7, 2021

Happy Easter! This joyous greeting that has been heard throughout the Retreat & Conference Center halls this week. What does that greeting hold for you? Rainey Taylor, our Sales Manager, wrote a beautiful reflection below that expounds on a favorite passage from scripture to unpack the meaning of Jesus' sacrifice for each one of us. Let's take a few quiet moments to read her thoughts... What does the sacrifice mean to us? Whenever I find myself thinking ... 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...