Bon Secours, retreat
Mar 26, 2021

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 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...

hope, Fr. Mike
Mar 14, 2021

We're catching up a bit on blog posts from Fr. Mike. Today is the 2nd in a series about repentance during this Lenten season. Are you focused on who you can become? Let's read Fr. Mike's thoughts about the heart of repentance. Repentance - 2 Dear Friends, My thoughts today follow those in posted on the blog February 21. (Click here for that post.) Yes, at times we all do some things that are wrong. These are sins of ... Continue reading...

feeding the hungry
Mar 10, 2021

Have you adopted a new giving practice this Lenten season instead of 'fasting' from something? Are you committing to giving more to others during the pandemic when so many of suffering? The Sisters of Bon Secours, in collaboration with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, are running a 'Challenge to End Hunger' campaign. It kicked off this week in recognition of National Catholic Sisters Week. The Sisters of Bon Secours Vocation Director, Sr. Fran Gorsuch, is ... Continue reading...

Sunday, lent
Mar 7, 2021

Today's post includes a prayer and beautiful video with a prayer for Lent. How are you recognizing this 3rd Sunday in Lent? If you're here looking for resources to use at home today, why not find a quiet place to reflect, light a candle, and take time to listen in the silence. You could open your time of worship by reading the prayer below and then use the video as a closing prayer. As you ... Continue reading...

Fr. Michael Schleupner, ashes
Feb 28, 2021

Today's post is from our friend, Fr. Michael Schleupner. He shared these words during the liturgy on Ash Wednesday and they provide inspiration for us to carry through Lent. We're so thankful to Fr. Mike for sharing his homilies with our blog audience. Were you able to attend an Ash Wednesday service? If not, did you mark the day in a special way in your home? Please share with us in the comments. Genesis: A Living ... Continue reading...

Ash Wednesday, Lent
Feb 21, 2021

Today's post is another great reflection by Fr. Michael Schleupner. Let's read his thoughts, the first in a series about repentance, as we begin this sacred season of Lent. Repentance - 1 Dear Friends, A few days ago we observed Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, the season for repentance. What is repentance? Often, we have been led to see this as focusing almost solely on myself, as doing a serious examination of conscience and seeking God’s forgiveness. ... Continue reading...

silent retreat, directed retreat, spiritual direction
Feb 19, 2021

On this first Friday during Lent, you may be adopting some form of fasting into your day. 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 ... Continue reading...

lent, lenten journey, ash wednesday
Feb 17, 2021

At the Retreat & Conference Center today, we are welcoming guests for our Ash Wednesday retreat as we usher in the season of Lent. How are you marking the beginning of this sacred time? Although not everyone can retreat with us or visit their parish for ashes, there are many ways that we can use this time to deepen our faith. Let us pray... Gracious God, today begins a period of inner reflection and examination. The days stretch ... Continue reading...