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...

Bible on altar
Aug 29, 2021

We were so happy to have Fr. Michael Schleupner with us last week as a spiritual director for our August Directed Retreat. He also celebrated Mass several times throughout that retreat. Today, we're sharing one of those homilies that offers a great reminder to all. Compare and Despair Gospel: Matthew 19:23-30 Today’s gospel is a good lesson about comparing ourselves to others. The workers in this vineyard who began working at dawn would have been okay if they ... Continue reading...

Peace, goals
Jul 30, 2021

Rainey Taylor, Sales Manager at the Retreat & Conference Center, shared this inspiring excerpt during our staff meeting this week. What will you do today? Today I will…. “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”   Ephesians 5:15-16 Today I will make a difference.  I will begin by controlling my thoughts.  A person is the product of his thoughts. I want ... Continue reading...

pray the rosary
Jul 28, 2021

Our guests are often drawn to our retreat programs that explore different prayer methods. How wonderful to have so many ways to communicate with God and feel the Spirit around us! Mary DeTurris Poust presented a wonderful weekend retreat at our Center in June and now she is sharing the following blog with us about her new appreciation for the rosary. Confessions of a rosary convert by Mary DeTurris Poust on July 1, 2021 Rosary-challenged. That’s how I’ve ... Continue reading...

come, Lord
Jul 2, 2021

Joy Aker, another spiritual director on this week's Directed Retreat, shared a beautiful opening reflection and prayer with the retreat group last Sunday. We're including a portion of it here for you to use during your personal meditation time too. Maybe it can serve as a mini-retreat for you today? As We Begin our Retreat We Quiet Ourselves & Pray Into the quiet God calls you Calls you each by name Into the quiet God calls you Enter God's dwelling God's ... Continue reading...

sunrise, morning meditation
Jun 25, 2021

Today, we offer a great way to begin your day. If you're reading this later in the day, why not set a reminder to revisit tomorrow morning? Now, let's set aside a few quiet moments to reflect on the Psalms below and then to view the prayer video as well. Wishing you a blessed day! "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the ... Continue reading...

stress, prayer
Jun 16, 2021

Today's reflection is shared by Jen Murphy, the Center's Retreats & Events Manager. Let's read her thoughts sparked by an upcoming retreat theme... Peace In the Middle of the Pieces One of my favorite retreats to plan is our annual Women's Wellness retreat. Unlike other retreats on our schedule, this one is very hands-on for me and our committee of other staff members. A featured presenter offers various themes that we pick from and they are responsible ... Continue reading...

butterfly
Jun 4, 2021

How are you adjusting as the world is slowly easing COVID restrictions? Do you find yourself back in a hectic pace of life once again? While many of us used the slower pace of pandemic life to focus on our spirituality, we may be finding it hard to find that spark again as we juggle renewed commitments. If it's difficult to tune out the outside world and listen to the still, small voice of the ... Continue reading...