hope, candle
Dec 16, 2020

Today's post comes from Mary DeTurris Poust who will be presenting a wonderful weekend retreat at our Center next summer. Click here to read more. Today, Mary shares about a wonderful gift that we can give ourselves this Advent. Commit to spiritual self-care this Advent by Mary DeTurris Poust  Advent in our modern world has long been behind the cultural eight ball. It’s a season of waiting in a world of instant gratification, a season of quiet ... Continue reading...

Bible on altar
Dec 11, 2020

During the pandemic, when we are bombarded with news of climbing COVID rates, it's difficult not to feel afraid. When we leave our homes, we even have to wear a visible sign of this caution - our face masks. It's easy to become overwhelmed with anxiety this year. So, today we thought it would be good to go back to the basics of our faith. Please take a few quiet moments and prayerfully read some ... Continue reading...

christmas lights
Nov 20, 2020

Today's post comes from Jen Murphy, Manager of Retreats & Events at the Center. Let's read about how she's lifting her spirits right now. Breaking the Rules to Find the Light I am what you would call a Christmas enthusiast. I love everything Christmas...the special church services, songs, movies, pageants and the decorations. I enjoy finding the perfect gifts for family members, driving around looking at lights, the smell of Christmas cookies in the oven and the ... Continue reading...

time for silence
Oct 14, 2020

Today's post is the continuation of last week's blog from retreat presenter Susan Boruff. Susan shares insights from scripture about meditation and then provides a video at the bottom that can walk you through a 12 minute meditation. We hope that you'll join us. Cultivating Silence By: Susan Boruff As we learned in last week's post, the Desert Mothers and Fathers sought God in the solitude and silence of the deserts in Syria and Egypt. They escaped the ... Continue reading...

humor, funny
Sep 16, 2020

Today's post features an older blog from Dr. Angela Bisignano. Her website shared this blog several years ago and during tough times like this, we could all use more laughter in our lives, right? Let's read her advice about the spiritual benefits of laughter! The Spiritual Side of Laughter by Dr. Angela Bisignano Think of how you feel when you see someone laughing. I know it makes me feel good. Laughter has an infectious quality. I feel less ... Continue reading...

Labor Day prayer
Sep 6, 2020

As Labor Day approaches, let's take a moment in gratitude for the jobs that many of us hold and to pray for those less fortunate who are seeking a way to afford necessities. We lift up prayers of justice for all those seeking employment and for many who have lost jobs due to the pandemic. Today's prayer is taken from the Bread for the World organization.   Almighty God, Creator of the world, we give you thanks ... Continue reading...

hope
Aug 16, 2020

As we deal with effects of the pandemic, effects that we never anticipated would endure so long, the world around us can feel very heavy. If you're feeling weighed down by everything today, we hope that this prayer will remind you to lean on the Light. Let this Presence scatter the darkness...   Let Your Light Shine As the sun rises, Lord, Let your light shine on me. Destroy the darkness about me, Scatter the darkness before me, Disperse ... Continue reading...

parable, scripture
Aug 9, 2020

Fr. Michael shares today's reflection, based on the gospel lesson from a few weeks ago. We are excited to welcome Fr. Michael back to the Center, in person, when he serves as a spiritual director during our August Directed Retreat. He'll also be celebrating daily Mass with the retreatants too. There are still a few spots available and you can learn more here. Let's take a few quiet moments to read Fr. Michael's lesson from ... Continue reading...

spirituality, peace makers
Jun 19, 2020

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers today's reflection as part of a series about spirituality. Let's take a few quiet moments to read his insights. Spirituality – 2 Dear Friends, The first core element of a spirituality may seem so obvious that we would not even have to say it. It is this: we need at least a basic faith about life, about God, and about some of the particulars relating to God and us. So, each Sunday at Mass, we ... Continue reading...

pathway to peace
Jun 18, 2020

Today’s reflection comes from our Marketing Manager/Sales Associate, Tessa Newton. Our frequent guests are likely familiar with Tessa and her welcoming, friendly demeanor. She is looking forward to when we can all be back at the Center again. A few weeks ago, I visited the Center to take new summer photos to share on social media. My visit corresponded with the beginning to the protests and unrest regarding social injustices within our communities and country. As ... Continue reading...