spiritual direction, directed retreat, silent retreat
Jun 12, 2022

Our June directed retreat consists of six days of spiritual direction. Retreatants will meet with a spiritual director daily (or less if you desire) to reflect on God’s Presence and movement in your life as revealed in prayer. You may also review the events and relationships in your life and the response to God that is being made. The spiritual director may make suggestions (prayer forms, Scripture, reading materials, etc…) to support and deepen your ... Continue reading...

addiction to technology
Oct 17, 2021

Today's post is a homily that Fr. Michael Schleupner recently shared. Fr. Mike was the presenter for our Friends Day of Prayer last week and our guests thoroughly enjoyed his presentation and day of reflection too. The focus of this post is a tough, but important lesson from the Gospel with a modern day analogy. Let's take a few moments to learn from scripture and Fr. Mike's wisdom. Gospel Reading: Mark 10:17-30 (shorter form Mark 10:17-27) A ... Continue reading...

interfaith lesson
Oct 3, 2021

Today's blog features a homily given by Fr. Michael Schleupner a few weeks ago, but it's a timeless lesson for us all about having an open mindset and being inclusive. Let's open our hearts as we read about a lesson from the Gospels and how it ties into our modern world today. Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48 Hopkins Buildings One day several years ago, I was leaving Johns Hopkins Hospital after visiting a person who had major cardiac surgery. Something at ... Continue reading...

Sep 19, 2021

Our faithful friend of the blog, Fr. Michael Schleupner, offered this homily a few weeks ago. It gives his personal reflection about his relationship with Jesus, providing a beautiful way to embrace our connection to Jesus too. Let's take a few quiet moments to prayerfully read and reflect on our own journeys with God. Who do you say that Jesus is? Mark 8:27-35 Peter declares that Jesus is the Christ, and Jesus teaches that those who would ... Continue reading...

Fr. Mike, homily
Sep 15, 2021

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers Mass at our Center frequently and shared this homily with us from last week. We're so grateful for the wisdom that he shares with us and our guests! Let's see how he ties a story about dog food into the gospel! Gospel Reading Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 Dog Food Some years ago, I read a newspaper article about a particular kind of dog food. I was interested in it at that time because I had a dog. ... Continue reading...

journal, Examen
Aug 1, 2021

Today's reflection is the 3rd in Fr. Michael Schleupner's series about the Ignatian Examen. For previous posts, please click here to review all of our blogs. Let's take a few quiet moments to read through Fr. Mike's thoughts about this phase of the Examen. Ignatian Examen Step 3 – Looking Back Dear Friends, After Seeking Light and Giving Thanks, we move to Looking Back. In this third step of the Examen, we review the prior day or the day ... Continue reading...

Jul 23, 2021

Today's reflection comes from Fr. Michael Schleupner. As we anticipate our upcoming 8-Day Ignatian Directed Retreat (click here to read more) we thought the timing of Fr. Michael's series on the Examen is perfect! Let's begin to read his insights about this powerful prayer practice. Ignatian Examen – Introduction 1 Dear Friends, My previous reflections were focused on Saint Ignatius of Loyola – his life, his writings, and the spiritual tradition that he started. I did this as ... Continue reading...

neighbors, treating others
Jul 14, 2021

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers today’s reflection and he shares a great lesson from the pandemic. Fr. Michael will be with us for our August Directed Retreat soon. We have one reservation available for this retreat and you can read more about it by clicking here. Now, let's take a quiet moment to read and reflect. Meeting Others in a Pandemic There is a columnist for Time magazine named Belinda Luscombe. About a year ago, in the midst ... Continue reading...

treating others
Jul 7, 2021

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers today's reflection. It is from a homily given during Mass a few weeks ago and shares a powerful example. It begs to ask, "how am I being inclusive within my everyday life?" Let's take a few quiet moments to learn from scripture. Readings:   Genesis 17:1, 9-10, 15-22 ; Matthew 8:1-4 Jesus has just finished speaking – the rather long Sermon on the Mount. Now, according to Saint Matthew’s gospel, he immediately puts into ... Continue reading...

embrace
Jun 13, 2021

Today's post is another powerful reflection from Fr. Michael Schleupner. We're so grateful that he regularly shares these inspiring thoughts with our Blog! Let's take a few quiet moments to read about a deeper meaning of the Eucharist. A Rabbi’s Embrace There is a story about a six-year-old Jewish boy named Mortakai. Mortakai was refusing to go to school. Each day, his mother would take him to school, but as soon as she left, he would run ... Continue reading...