cross, love
Apr 18, 2021

We're so grateful that Fr. Michael Schleupner shares his homilies with our virtual audience on our blog. He is also a favorite presenter and spiritual director at our Center and will be with us for the August Directed Retreat this summer. You can click here to learn more. Fr. Michael's blog today begins a new series about a difficult topic that, unfortunately, we're seeing frequent examples of in our world today. The wisdom he shares ... 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...

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...

Easter, resurrection
Apr 4, 2021

Happy Easter! We hope that you are filled with joy of the resurrection today and always.   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     Continue reading...

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...

retreat art, virtual retreat
Mar 24, 2021

Today's blog comes from our Guest Services Coordinator and a gifted artist, Tara Mulder. She reflects upon a recent virtual retreat that she attended through our Center and how it inspired another beautiful piece of art! Lazarus and the Light This little number started as a sketch during a spiritual retreat with poet Kathy Staudt, offered by Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center. The Center, where I have the most wonderful day job, hosts a variety of in-person ... 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...

Feast of St. Joseph
Mar 19, 2021

Today's post is another from Sr. Ji Choi, novice with the Sisters of Bon Secours. Sr. Ji is enjoying her time in ministry within retreat services and has been offering Stations of the Cross mini-retreats on Friday afternoons. She'll be hosting the last one next Friday. Click here to read more about this free retreat! Now, let's take a few quiet moments to read her reflection on this special feast day... Prayer to Saint Joseph March 19th ... Continue reading...