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...

Advent prayer
Dec 4, 2020

Today's reflection comes from Amy Kulesa, Director of the Bon Secours Associates and a frequent retreat presenter at the Center. Amy is leading a contemplative Advent weekend retreat that begins today so we thought it was perfect timing to share this! She'll also be leading "The Healing Power of Purpose" day retreat on January 2. Click here to learn more. Now, let's take a quiet moment to read this beautiful Advent reflection that Amy shared. A ... Continue reading...

walk the labyrinth
Nov 6, 2020

Today we pause for peace and calm. Let's take a quiet moment to "walk" around the grounds of the Center, admiring the colors around us. Will you pray with us? Prayer for Peace and Calm Dear Lord and Father of humankind, Forgive our foolish ways; Reclothe us in our rightful mind, In purer lives Thy service find, In deeper reverence, praise. Drop Thy still dews of quietness, Till all our strivings cease; Take from our souls the strain and stress, And let our ordered lives ... 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...

pond, reflection time, peaceful
Sep 23, 2020

The season is changing here at the Retreat & Conference Center. We have all appreciated the brisk mornings and cooler evenings as summer says goodbye. The fall leaves will display their glorious transformation very soon! It's a favorite season for all on our campus. Let's take a quiet moment in gratitude for the beauty of autumn. Golden Leaves We see signs of summer's passing in golden leaves, shortening days, misty mornings, autumn glow. We sense its passing in rain ... Continue reading...

desert
Sep 2, 2020

Amy Kulesa, Director of the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates and frequent retreat presenter at our Center, shares the following reflection about Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Coincidentally, we just added a special retreat about Teilhard to our calendar for next summer too. We're looking forward to having Sr. Kathleen Duffy with us next July when we presents, "Dawn to the Road of Fire: Teilhard and Struggle" which is based around her latest book Teilhard’s Struggle: ... Continue reading...

Jul 31, 2020

Today's reflection is the third in a series that features recent photos from around the Center's grounds. Inspiring quotes also follow the pictures. Let's take a quiet moment to browse through the photos, reflect on the quotes and feel the Spirit as we take a virtual walk to the Peace Garden today...                                                                                                 "Peace begins with a smile." (Even behind a mask) ~Mother Teresa   “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in ... Continue reading...

LCWR reflection
Jul 22, 2020

Today's reflection has been shared by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Let's take a few moments to read, to listen and to pray. As we slowly move toward new ways of perceiving life, what wonders might we be taking for granted? Suggested Music: O Domine, O Christe – Margaret Rizza (click here) If the Moon Came Out Only Once a Month If the moon came out only once a month people would appreciate it more. They’d mark it in their ... Continue reading...

Jul 5, 2020

Today's reflection is the fourth in a series by Fr. Michael Schleupner. We're so grateful for all of the posts that he has shared with us for our blog during the pandemic! We look forward to welcoming Fr. Michael back to the Center for the August Directed Retreat too. There are still a few spaces available if you'd like to register. Click here to learn more. Let's take a few quiet moments to read this ... Continue reading...

reflections of ourselves
Jul 2, 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. Eyes to See By: Susan Boruff Blessed are the pure in ... Continue reading...