relax, reflect, meditate
Nov 3, 2021

Nurturing Restless Hearts What is in your heart? Are you seeking some change of heart? St. Augustine reminds us in his Confessions that “our heart is restless until it rests in you.” Drawing on Scripture and other sources, this day will explore different aspects of a discerning heart: the restless, searching heart, the forgiving heart, the grateful heart. The prophet Joel reminds us “to return to the Lord with our whole heart” (Joel 2:12). Come away ... Continue reading...

mini retreat
Oct 1, 2021

Take some time to celebrate the diverse heritage of the Mystics in our daily lives! Join us for a delicious dinner and dialogue as we explore their personal biographies and the incredible contributions they have made to contemporary spirituality and intentional living. We will consider a few prominent figures from a broad stretch of history and excerpts from their literary works, including Meister Eckhart and Howard Thurman. Grounding our encounter with these mystics in our own ... Continue reading...

women's wellness
Sep 23, 2021

Peace In the Middle of the Pieces So often people ask, "What tip will help me move forward through hard seasons in life?" But there is no magic wand answer to that question. The real question and conviction becomes, "Are you willing to do the work, break up the broken thoughts, stand firm in emotional upheaval, and get grounded in truth when it feels like life is in pieces?" It takes work, not wishing; and this ... Continue reading...

women's retreat
Aug 1, 2021

"Searching for Mary Magdalene" is a week-long retreat wherein Mary Magdalene speaks in her first person voice, inviting us to examine what we know about her, while simultaneously expecting surprises about her long being a "miscast outcast'". You can look forward to challenges throughout a multi-sensory search via: a Magdala Art Gallery, Magdala hometown Archaeology reports, the four canonical Gospels, the non-canonical Gospel of Mary (Magdalene), the Golden Legend, a Magdala musical oratorio, an opera and ... Continue reading...

spiritual direction, directed retreat, silent retreat
Jun 27, 2021

Our July directed retreat consists of six days of spiritual direction. Retreatants will meet with a spiritual director daily (or less if you desire) to reflect on God’s Presence and movement in your life as revealed in prayer. You may also review the events and relationships in your life and the response to God that is being made. The spiritual director may make suggestions (prayer forms, Scripture, reading materials, etc…) to support and deepen your ... Continue reading...

Mary DeTurris Poust
Jun 25, 2021

Broken, Beautiful, and Beloved: Learning to See Ourselves Through God’s Eyes So often we imagine that in order to be loved we must become better, different, perfect. But what if the things we think need to be “fixed” in order to make us more lovable – flaws and weaknesses, mistakes and sins – are the very things that make us beautiful in our own way? In this retreat, we will use Psalm 139 as a touchstone ... Continue reading...

solemnity
Jun 11, 2021

Sr. Ji Choi is a Novice with the Sisters of Bon Secours and is working within our retreat ministry. She is offering several retreats in the coming months around this year's theme of "The Heart of St. Joseph" (You can read about the next one by clicking here). Let's read her thoughts about today's feast day. Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. This solemnity encourages us to devote ourselves to ... Continue reading...

Mary DeTurris Poust
Jun 4, 2021

Upcoming retreat presenter, Mary DeTurris Poust, shares another wonderful reflection with us today. During this season of gardening, it is likely something that we can relate to. Let's take a quiet moment to read about a spiritual lesson gained from weeding! If you'd like to learn more about Mary or her upcoming retreat, please click here. The Journey Is the Goal Last week I was working out in a corner of our backyard where I decided to ... 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...

Dr. Robert Wicks, healing
May 28, 2021

Today's post is a short reflection about faith from Dr. Robert Wicks. Dr. Wicks is a popular speaker and author who shares his expertise in psychology and spirituality. He will be with us this fall for a day retreat, "Simple Care of a Hopeful Heart: Strengthening Your Inner Life in Challenging Times" (click here to read more). Throughout the pandemic, many of us have hung onto our faith on a deeper level to cope with ... Continue reading...