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May 26, 2021

A Prayer for Pentecost

On Sunday, we celebrated Pentecost - the day that the Holy Spirit descended upon the followers of Jesus. As we continue to invite the Holy Spirit to be with us, we share this beautiful prayer. Please take a few quiet moments in prayer with us. If you're able, share your intention with us in the comments. Pentecost Prayer by Joan Chittister, OSB The Holy Spirit embodies the life force of the universe, the power of God, the animating energy present…

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holy spirit
May 7, 2021

Air Puppets

Today's blog is from last Sunday's homily by Fr. Michael Schleupner and shares a creative analogy that makes the scripture come alive! We're blessed to have Fr. Mike for weekly Mass on Fridays at the Center and he will also be a spiritual director during our August Directed Retreat (click here for more information). Let's read his thoughts about a funny sight during a drive around the area. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He…

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remaining with Jesus
April 18, 2021

Scripture Lessons about Hate

We're so grateful that Fr. Michael Schleupner shares his homilies with our virtual audience on our blog. He is also a favorite presenter and spiritual director at our Center and will be with us for the August Directed Retreat this summer. You can click here to learn more. Fr. Michael's blog today begins a new series about a difficult topic that, unfortunately, we're seeing frequent examples of in our world today. The wisdom he shares from scripture is something that…

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cross, love
April 14, 2021

I stood

Today's blog comes from Jen Murphy, Manager of Retreats & Events at the Center. Let's read her thoughts about one of spring's early booms. One of my favorite things about spring is the flowers. Daffodils and tulips are my absolute favorite flowers. Their cheery blooms brighten any day, breaking us from winter's dreariness. There's another flower that I have to give a lot of credit to though, the pansy. Over the years, I've planted them around my yard in early…

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spring, pansies
April 9, 2021

Spring Garden

Here in Marriottsville, we've been enjoying really beautiful weather this week! Nature is rejoicing in this Easter season too! Parts of the campus have bloomed and others are simply bursting with buds in anticipation of a few more days of sunshine. Our hearts are full of gratitude for the season and also full of hope as more staff members become vaccinated and guests share that they are now vaccinated too. It's certainly a springtime of hope! Are you enjoying these…

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spring, poetry
March 26, 2021

I will become hopeful and expectant…

Today's reflection is a Lenten prayer, set to a beautiful video of our grounds. It was produced by our Housekeeping Lead, Rashad Polk. We're so grateful for the many creative gifts of our staff! Now, let's take a few deep breaths, remember that we're in the presence of God and prayerfully listen and watch as we explore the beauty around us... https://youtu.be/eyMxMkCXlNo

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Bon Secours, retreat
March 17, 2021

A St. Patrick’s Day of Gratitude

Today's reflection comes from Jen Murphy, Manager of Retreats & Events. Let's read her unique reflection about this festive day. Happy St. Patrick's Day! That fun-filled greeting now has new meaning to me. Last year at the Retreat & Conference Center, as we had for many years before, I was looking forward to another fun St. Patrick's Day event, held on the Sunday before the upcoming weekday holiday. As that date approached though, growing concerns about the pandemic forced it's…

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St. Patricks Day
March 10, 2021

Lenten Prayer

Have you adopted a new giving practice this Lenten season instead of 'fasting' from something? Are you committing to giving more to others during the pandemic when so many of suffering? The Sisters of Bon Secours, in collaboration with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, are running a 'Challenge to End Hunger' campaign. It kicked off this week in recognition of National Catholic Sisters Week. The Sisters of Bon Secours Vocation Director, Sr. Fran Gorsuch, is promoting an extra incentive…

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feeding the hungry
March 5, 2021

March, the Month of St. Joseph

Today's post comes from Sr. Ji Choi, a Novice with the Sisters of Bon Secours who is serving in our Retreat Services ministry at the Center. We're delighted to have her help and look forward to the retreats that she'll be leading. She's currently presenting a series of free Stations of the Cross mini-retreats. These Friday retreats in March begin next Friday. Click here to learn more. March, the Month of St. Joseph The Roman Catholic Church dedicates monthly devotions…

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Year of St. Joseph
February 26, 2021

Spring’s Arrival?

Today's post comes from our Marketing Manager/Sales Associate, Tessa Newton. Many of our guests are familiar with her warm, welcoming presence, but even Tessa has struggled with the winter season and the pandemic. Let's read her thoughts about how she's getting through until spring arrives. Spring has to be right around the corner, right? We have now experienced every season in a pandemic. I have to say, winter-pandemic was my least favorite. On a good day, I’d give it “2…

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spring, pandemic blog