Jul 24, 2020

Today's reflection is the third in a series by Debra Donnelly-Barton. Debra 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 this reflection about nighttime vigils. What can we learn from a late-night session listening to God's voice? A Liturgy of the Living Earth, Praying the hours in tune with nature Summer Meditations, 2020 Vigils On my bed I remember you; I think ... Continue reading...

Jun 28, 2020

As most of us still mourn the loss of being together in community for worship, this prayer provides a wonderful vision of uniting across the world. Please take a moment to recognize God's presence and pray for peace and unity with us... United in Your Love Almighty God, who are mother and father to us all, Look upon your planet Earth divided. Help us to know that we are all your children, That all nations belong to one great family, And ... Continue reading...

peace garden, prayer
Jun 26, 2020

Many of us have heavy hearts during this time of great uncertainty. Let's take a moment to lift up this prayer together. May you feel God's presence today and always. Overcoming Life's Hardships O Lord, we call upon You in our time of sorrow, that You give us the strength and will to bear our heavy burdens, until we can again feel the warmth and love of Your divine compassion. Be mindful of us and have mercy ... 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...

a need for peace
Jun 16, 2020

Today's post is another insightful reflection and meditation from retreat presenters Susan Boruff and Kathy Anderson. We're so grateful for all of their submissions for our blog during the pandemic and look forward to being able to host them at the Center again soon. Let's take a few quiet moments to read this reflection by Susan and then watch the video meditation at the end by Kathy. Drop Your Weapons “Listen here, mortal: God has already made ... Continue reading...

Jun 7, 2020

Today's reflection is from Fr. Michael Schleupner. He will be serving as a spiritual director this August during our Directed Retreat. If you'd like to learn more about Fr. Michael or the retreat, please click here. He offered this reflection last Sunday for Pentecost and it speaks to the compassion that our world needs so much right now. Please prayerfully reflect with us. The Feast of Pentecost  Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to ... Continue reading...

Jun 6, 2020

Today's reflection is brought to us by Brenda Nelson. She is the Regional Program Coordinator for the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates in South Carolina and Florida. Brenda shared this with the associates and is extending it to our broader community. Please take a few moments to join us in community as we pray for peace and respect for all. In Pursuit of Justice...Black Lives Matter... All Lives Matter Let's shift our focus from the COVID-19 Virus ... Continue reading...

Jun 2, 2020

Today's prayer has been shared by Sr. Mary Shimo. She is a Sister of Bon Secours and serves as the Archivist and also on the US leadership team. We stand with Sr. Mary, in solidarity for racial justice. Please take a moment to pray with us... Sr. Mary says, "This is a prayer that can call us to action, but also to look inside to see where prejudice sits." A Prayer for Racial Justice Peace I leave ... Continue reading...

Apr 29, 2020

In addition to presenting many creative contemplative retreats at our Center, Debra Donnelly-Barton is the Executive Director of the Center for Spiritual Development and she is also a Spiritual Director. Debra shared the reflection below from the blog on her site. You can click here to explore her website too. Peace Be with You When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had ... Continue reading...

easter reflection, blog
Apr 15, 2020

Sr. Mary Shimo is a Sister of Bon Secours and currently serves on the Leadership Team for the sisters in the United States. For today's post, Sr. Mary offers the following reflection, which she received from the sister's Associate ministry. We are not perfect and this ballad calls us to recognize our brokenness. We (I) am broken in so many ways yet our culture does not allow it, but Our God does allow it and enters ... Continue reading...