autumn colors
Oct 4, 2020

We are enjoying glimpses of autumn amongst the trees on the beautiful grounds of the Retreat & Conference Center. Are you seeing signs of God's brushstrokes around you? Remember, our grounds are always open to visitors. You could spend a quiet afternoon reflecting by our pond, in the Peace Garden or at the labyrinth soon. Why not read this poetic prayer outdoors today? Autumn Months O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of ... Continue reading...

Sep 30, 2020

Today's post is shared by upcoming presenter Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, IHM. We are excited to be able to host her in 2022 for a Lenten retreat. Her blog 'Mining the Now: Uncovering the Sacred in the Dailiness of Life' features many inspiring reflections from nature like this. As the seasons are changing and we're noticing God's brushstrokes in the fall colors we thought you would enjoy reading this reflection about lessons from nature. The Expectations of ... Continue reading...

Aug 14, 2020

Today’s reflection is another in the series by Debra Donnelly-Barton and offers a beautiful way to end the week and welcome the weekend. Debra continues to inspire with these “Litany of the Living Earth” reflections and today she continues her Vespers series. She has presented several retreats at our Center and we look forward to hosting her again in the future. Let’s take a few quiet moments to read about her next reflection on the ... Continue reading...

Spirituality in beauty
Jul 26, 2020

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers today's final reflection in the series about spirituality. We're so grateful for his insight throughout this series. Let's take a few quiet moments to read and pray... Spirituality – 6  Dear Friends, In the past weeks, I have reflected on Spirituality and on four of its core elements: Faith, Prayer, Habit, and Connectedness. This series concludes today as my attention turns to one more core element: Beauty. Beauty, as an element of spirituality, may ... Continue reading...

Jul 13, 2020

Today's reflection is the first in a series of posts that will share recent photos from around the beautiful grounds of our Center. Quotes for reflection also follow the pictures. We hope that you enjoy these and are able to let your mind wander and reflect on memories from your last visit or on your hopes for a future visit. Take a walk with us...                                               "Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light." ~Theodore Roethke   "The spiritual ... Continue reading...

celebrate nature
Jul 9, 2020

As we celebrate the summer season, many of us have been spending more time outdoors. Many have spent part of the quarantine working in gardens and are now enjoying the fruits and flowers of that labor! Some of us have been enjoying the beautiful grounds around the Center too. Even before we reopen, you're welcome to come and walk around our outdoor sanctuary...alive with blooms! If you venture outdoors today, take a quiet moment to ... Continue reading...

st. joseph, pond
Jul 1, 2020

Summer is officially here! Although the Retreat & Conference Center hasn't reopened, guests are welcome to walk the beautiful grounds. Enjoy the sunshine and give thanks! Giving Thanks for Summer Father, Creator of all, thank You for summer! Thank you for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight. Thank You for the beauty I see all around me and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation. Thank You for the increased time I have to be with ... Continue reading...

finding God in the mess
Jun 30, 2020

Today's post is a relaxing music video that showcases beautiful images of God's creation. You'll notice that the images repeat after the first sequence. What can you notice within the same image when viewing it a second or third time? Taking a few moments to relax and connect with nature, even via technology, can provide a calming effect that lasts throughout our day. Be still. “Who covers the heaven with clouds, who prepares rain for the ... Continue reading...

Jun 27, 2020

Today's reflection is another great post by author Mary DeTurris Poust. Although we have officially entered the summer season, this is a wonderful spring reflection with spiritual insights that can be applied to any season. Let's take a quiet moment to read... Falling for spring in a season of fear by Mary DeTurris Poust on May 6, 2020 For my entire life, whenever someone asked me to name my favorite season, I would say, without any hesitation, “fall!” ... Continue reading...

Apr 26, 2020

Today's reflection comes from a familiar face at our Retreat & Conference Center, Kevin Cassidy. He is the Director of Operations for the Center and is spending most of his time working from home right now. Let's take a quiet moment to read about his perspective, one that many of us likely share. Being 'Good Help' from Home As I am trapped in my house, under cover of COVID-19, I have time to: Reflect on the beauty ... Continue reading...