seasons

May 13, 2022

Prayers of Poetry for Springtime

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…

Read More...

spring, prayer, poetry
May 1, 2022

Spring Rejoices!

Happy Easter See the land, her Easter keeping, Rises as her Maker rose. Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping, Burst at last from winter snows. Earth with heaven above rejoices; Fields and gardens hail the spring; Shaughs and woodlands ring with voices, While the wild birds build and sing. You, to whom your Maker granted Powers to those sweet birds unknown, Use the craft by God implanted; Use the reason not your own. Here, while heaven and earth rejoices, Each…

Read More...

spring, Easter
September 29, 2021

Welcome, Autumn!

Now that autumn has officially begun, we are anticipating the beautiful strokes from God's paintbrush all around us. Although probably not a favorite season for our groundskeepers ;), many of us really treasure this colorful season at the Center. As we begin to watch the changes of the season it can often lead to thoughts of change within too. Let's pray for time to slow down to appreciate nature this Fall, while listening for God's voice in our lives throughout…

Read More...

autumn, fall
November 4, 2020

November Changes

Entering November, we reflect on the many changes that occur this month, even when the pandemic persists. Let us pause to acknowledge what is coming, to focus on the gratitude of the season and to welcome the healing of our mind, body and spirit that God can provide. A Prayer for November November. The changing of the seasons. The coming of winter. The calendar year ending. The church year beginning. We remember the saints as November begins. We give thanks…

Read More...

Welcome November
September 30, 2020

The Expectations of Beauty

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 Beauty Let’s hear it…

Read More...

September 23, 2020

Golden Leaves

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 that…

Read More...

pond, reflection time, peaceful
July 1, 2020

Giving Thanks for Summer

Summer is officially here! Although the Retreat & Conference Center hasn't reopened, guests are welcome to walk the beautiful grounds. Enjoy the sunshine and give thanks! Giving Thanks for Summer Father, Creator of all, thank You for summer! Thank you for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight. Thank You for the beauty I see all around me and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation. Thank You for the increased time I have to…

Read More...

st. joseph, pond