SoulCollage
Sep 17, 2021

Immerse yourself in a weekend of exploring your intuition and imagination through collage making! The SoulCollage® process invites you to browse through piles of images and magazines to find pictures that call to you. When you assemble your selected images, your SoulCollage® card will visually re-create your lived experiences, personality parts, companions and supports -- both human and animal -- plus your archetypal patterns and spirit guides. Insights emerge as you “step into” the imagery ... Continue reading...

spring, pansies
Apr 14, 2021

Today's blog comes from Jen Murphy, Manager of Retreats & Events at the Center. Let's read her thoughts about one of spring's early booms. One of my favorite things about spring is the flowers. Daffodils and tulips are my absolute favorite flowers. Their cheery blooms brighten any day, breaking us from winter's dreariness. There's another flower that I have to give a lot of credit to though, the pansy. Over the years, I've planted them around ... Continue reading...

spring, poetry
Apr 9, 2021

Here in Marriottsville, we've been enjoying really beautiful weather this week! Nature is rejoicing in this Easter season too! Parts of the campus have bloomed and others are simply bursting with buds in anticipation of a few more days of sunshine. Our hearts are full of gratitude for the season and also full of hope as more staff members become vaccinated and guests share that they are now vaccinated too. It's certainly a springtime of ... Continue reading...

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...