Lent

April 8, 2022

Put It Back Together

Fr. Michael Schleupner shares last Sunday's homily with us today, opening with a little humor in to convey an important lesson from Jesus. Let's take a few quiet moments to meditate on this passage from Scripture today. 5th Sunday in Lent, Cycle C Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes…

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Jesus, followers
April 3, 2022

Prayers for the Fifth Week of Lent

As we quickly approach Holy Week, we are offering a week of prayers for this 5th week of Lent. We hope that you'll have a few moments to slow down and find quiet time each day to reflect on this phase of your Lenten journey. May these prayers enrich your experience. The Fifth Week of Lent Sunday My loving Lord, it's so hard to love the world sometimes and to love it the way Jesus did seems impossible. Help me…

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prayer, lent
March 20, 2022

Your Cross is You

Amy Kulesa will be guiding "On the Verge of Transformation," a special Lenten retreat on the weekend of Palm Sunday. Click here to learn more about the retreat. She is also the Director of the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates and recently shared this poignant reflection. How does it inspire and comfort you? Your Cross is You “Remember, you are only an instrument.  Not yours to decide how or when or where you act.  I plan all that. Make yourself…

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homily, religious blog
March 13, 2022

Lenten Reflection: Temptation

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 pounds. At…

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Fr. Michael Schluepner
March 6, 2022

Empty, yet fulfilled

On this first Sunday of Lent, you may have already decided to adopt some form of fasting into the sacred season. Are you abstaining from meat? Only eating a light meal? Taking a break from the news? What does this mean to you? Are you substituting this time with something positive within your Lenten journey? Author Mary DeTurris Poust included a chapter on fasting within her book Cravings and it ends with this prayerful meditation. What does it mean to…

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silent retreat, Advent, waiting
March 2, 2022

A Time to Fast and to Feast

At the Retreat & Conference Center today, we are welcoming guests for our Ash Wednesday retreat and our Friends Day of Prayer retreat as we usher in the season of Lent. How are you marking the beginning of this sacred time? May you feel God's Presence during this special sacred season. Let us pray... Gracious God, today begins a period of inner reflection and examination. The days stretch before me and invite me inward to that silent, holy space that…

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Ash Wednesday retreats
September 26, 2021

Living a Life that Matters

Book Recommendation: We are happy to have Sr. Chris Kollhoffer, IHM with us for a Lenten retreat next spring (click here to learn more). Sr. Chris is the author of Longing for the Endless Immensity and offered this excerpt for our blog today. If these themes and prayer practices interest you, we recommend purchasing the book to learn more and it will be available in our bookstore soon too. Longing for the Endless Immensity: Reflection and Prayer for Living a Life…

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Chris Kollhoffer
September 17, 2021

Play Time

We are pleased to be bringing Sr. Chris Koellhoffer to our Center next spring for a Lenten retreat! She will present "The Lenten Summons to Green Our Lives" March 4-6 and you can click here to learn more. Sr. Chris is a gifted writer and today we're sharing a post from her blog, Mining the Now (click here to visit). It was written in July, but has an important lesson that we can carry throughout the seasons. Let's read about…

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Blog, Chris Koellhoffer
March 26, 2021

I will become hopeful and expectant…

Today's reflection is a Lenten prayer, set to a beautiful video of our grounds. It was produced by our Housekeeping Lead, Rashad Polk. We're so grateful for the many creative gifts of our staff! Now, let's take a few deep breaths, remember that we're in the presence of God and prayerfully listen and watch as we explore the beauty around us... https://youtu.be/eyMxMkCXlNo

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Bon Secours, retreat
March 24, 2021

Lazarus and the Light

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 and virtual retreats…

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retreat art, virtual retreat