Advent retreat
Dec 2, 2022

Listen, listen, wait in silence, Listening… For the One, from whom all mercy flows. During the holy season of Advent, we are a waiting people. Just as the Jewish people of the 1st century awaited the long-expected Messiah and still, in our day, look for Messiah’s coming, those who accept Jesus as the fulfillment of this promise, spend the four weeks before Christmas in joyful expectancy each year. At this start of Advent, we gather to reflect on ... Continue reading...

Rev. Joan Crawford
Aug 11, 2022

In Solidarity – Anti-Racism Retreat • Why is there such misunderstanding and mistrust between black & white folks in this country? • Didn’t the election of President Obama prove that racism is no longer a significant problem? • Is racism really the issue? Isn’t it more of an economic issue? • What can I as an individual do to promote racial justice? • What if I say and do the wrong thing? • Do I have white privilege? Working in Solidarity with ... Continue reading...

centering prayer, prayer group
Jun 28, 2022

Held in person on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 1-2pm and on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 7-8pm. For these in-person sessions, registration is required and preferred in advance. If you have not registered in advance, please arrive early so that you can register at our Welcome Center. (Virtual Zoom sessions will be the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays of the month from 1-2pm. Register by emailing facilitator Amy Kulesa at Amy_Kulesa@bshsi.org.) Centering Prayer is a form ... Continue reading...

spring, prayer, poetry
May 13, 2022

Today's inspiration comes from famous poets who eloquently express our gratitude for spring. We hope that you have a beautiful view of spring today as you read these poems. Say a prayer of thanks for the sun, the rain, the flowers, the breeze, the light. Share about it with us in the comments. For Flowers That Bloom For flowers that bloom about our feet; For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet; For song of bird, and hum of bee; For ... Continue reading...

prayer, lent
Apr 3, 2022

As we quickly approach Holy Week, we are offering a week of prayers for this 5th week of Lent. We hope that you'll have a few moments to slow down and find quiet time each day to reflect on this phase of your Lenten journey. May these prayers enrich your experience. The Fifth Week of Lent Sunday My loving Lord, it's so hard to love the world sometimes and to love it the way Jesus did seems impossible. Help me to ... Continue reading...

Fr. Michael Schluepner
Mar 13, 2022

Fr. Michael Schleupner, one of our frequent retreat presenters and spiritual directors, offers an "Inbox Inspiration" on our blog today. Let's read about this practical story and the poignant lessons from Scripture that he shared last week. ...And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” ~ Luke 4:12 (taken from reading Luke 4:1-13) Temptation There is a story about a man who, let’s just say, had put on a few extra ... Continue reading...

Advent 2nd week
Dec 5, 2021

Today's post is the first in an Advent series from Fr. Michael Schleupner, a beloved retreat presenter, spiritual director and priest who frequently celebrates Mass at our Center. Let's prepare our hearts and minds during this special period of waiting for the birth of Jesus. Getting Ready - 1 Dear Friends, During December, most of the focus is on getting ready for Christmas. Often enough, Christmas is presented as simply a holiday or week of holidays. I realize that ... Continue reading...

prayer, pray for disturbance
Oct 20, 2021

Disturb us, O Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, O Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess, we have lost our thirst for the abundance of life when, having fallen in love with time, we have ceased to dream of eternity and in our efforts to build a new earth we have ... Continue reading...

Sep 19, 2021

Our faithful friend of the blog, Fr. Michael Schleupner, offered this homily a few weeks ago. It gives his personal reflection about his relationship with Jesus, providing a beautiful way to embrace our connection to Jesus too. Let's take a few quiet moments to prayerfully read and reflect on our own journeys with God. Who do you say that Jesus is? Mark 8:27-35 Peter declares that Jesus is the Christ, and Jesus teaches that those who would ... Continue reading...

Blog, Chris Koellhoffer
Sep 17, 2021

We are pleased to be bringing Sr. Chris Koellhoffer to our Center next spring for a Lenten retreat! She will present "The Lenten Summons to Green Our Lives" March 4-6 and you can click here to learn more. Sr. Chris is a gifted writer and today we're sharing a post from her blog, Mining the Now (click here to visit). It was written in July, but has an important lesson that we can carry throughout ... Continue reading...