beautiful scenery
Dec 4, 2021

Disappointments in love, even betrayals and losses, serve the soul at the very moment they seem in life to be tragedies. The soul is partly in time and partly in eternity. We might remember the part that resides in eternity when we feel despair over the part that is in life. ~Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul This retreat will explore the nature of the spiritual journey that has brought you to this place of wilderness. ... Continue reading...

love, healing
Dec 4, 2021

Love is the Greatest Healer! Scientific studies are proving the healing power of love! A compassionate, caring presence to another fosters physical cures, psychological healing and spiritual well-being. As the song from Broadway expresses beautifully: “Love Changes Everything!” During this experiential program we will: • reflect on how love is a state of being • reflect on ways the human and divine love heals body, mind and spirit • ponder the qualities and empowering effects of God’s abundant love • ponder ... Continue reading...

Journaling as self care
Nov 13, 2021

“Writing is a spiritual practice in that people who have no spiritual path can undertake it, and as they write, they begin to wake up to a larger connection….we should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation…that brings clarity and passion to the act of living.” ~Julia Cameron, Author of “The Artist’s Way” In her work as a nurse, massage therapist and artist, Michelle Lisenbee has come ... Continue reading...

Father Nicholas Amato
Oct 9, 2021

When we look at the life of Jesus, we quickly discover that he remained at peace under pressure. He was never in a hurry. He was always at ease. He had a calmness about his life that enabled him to handle enormous amounts of stress. How did he do this so successfully? The answer can be stated simply: he based his life on sound principles of stress management. If we understand and apply the very principles ... Continue reading...

contemplate, workshop
Jul 8, 2021

Join us for… Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference The Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue (ICCD) believes that we are living in a very chaotic time with increasing divisions among us. ICCD believes that we can respond in new ways as persons committed to contemplation as a transformative practice and social justice in all its forms including the belief in our interconnectedness as a planetary community. Weaving together the three threads of ... Continue reading...

grief, grief retreat
Jun 12, 2021

The Revolution of Openness: Experiencing Grief and Loss in the Pandemic The concept of grieving the loss of a loved one as a journey allows human beings to understand the healing process in stages, with accompanying tasks, and with needs that are both universal and unique. Yet, there are many faces to grief and innumerable ways of expressing it. Then, the Covid-19 pandemic struck and grieving as we know has changed in innumerable ways. We are now ... Continue reading...

Healing with Dreams and Prayer
Apr 21, 2021

Dreams and Inner Healing: The Healing Power of Dreamwork and Prayer Dreams are a language of the heart, a way that our deeper self speaks to us.  They are a language of symbols and metaphors that help us to understand what lies beneath our fears and inner struggles.  Every dream is an attempt of our unconscious to center us, balance us, and heal us.  Dreams expand our capacity to experience God and our true self.    During ... Continue reading...

religious blog
Mar 21, 2021

Fr. Michael Schleupner offered this reflection last week, the fourth Sunday of Lent, a lesson of healing that we can carry with us any time as we gaze up at the cross. The Lifting Up: Background Jesus says: “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up…” Jesus is referring to an incident when the Israelites were in the desert after being freed from slavery in Egypt. Life ... Continue reading...

Sisters of Bon Secours, health
Jan 24, 2021

Our Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Bon Secours. Today marks their Foundation Day, the day when the first sisters took their vows on January 24, 1824 at the St. Sulpice Church in Paris, France. We are forever grateful for these 12 brave pioneers who formed the community that went on to share their ministry across the world. As we mark this special day, let's learn a little ... Continue reading...

Nov 15, 2020

Today's post is based on a recent homily that Fr. Michael Schleupner gave at Mass for the Sisters of Bon Secours. Let's prayerfully read this lesson from scripture and remember to welcome all of God's children into our hearts. Including Others for Spiritual Wholeness Readings:   Philippians 1:1-11, Luke 14:1-6 This morning I want to point out two details in the gospel. And I think each detail has some lesson for us. First, today we see the fourth time in ... Continue reading...