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...

Poetry, Women's History Month
Mar 18, 2022

We are continuing our series for Women's History Month and International Women's Day today. Let's learn more about the incredible achievements of Dr. Rebecca Cole and meditate on the creative words of Sarojini Naidu. Rebecca Cole graduated from medical school and became a physician in 1867. She was not only a pioneer for becoming a doctor as an African American woman at that time, but also a public health advocate and hygiene reformer in the US. ... Continue reading...

Jesus teaching
Feb 20, 2022

Fr. Michael Schleupner shared the homily below last week and we think our readers will also enjoy his insights. How does it shed light on this passage from Luke for you? And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are ... Continue reading...

Frances Harper
Feb 16, 2022

Today, we continue our Wednesday poetry series for Black History Month. Enjoy the work of Frances E. W. Harper (1825-1911) and modern day poet Nikki Giovanni too. Songs for the People Let me make the songs for the people, Songs for the old and young; Songs to stir like a battle-cry Wherever they are sung. Not for the clashing of sabres, For carnage nor for strife; But songs to thrill the hearts of men With more abundant life. Let me make the songs for the ... Continue reading...

joy, shake it off
Feb 4, 2022

Today's blog is written by retreat presenter Andrea Springer. She offers a great reminder to help us deal with things that get under our skin. What techniques do you use to cope with life's irritations? Andrea will be with us for a day retreat this August and it will be added to our website soon. Stay tuned to learn more about this inspiring day, which will be themed around 'courage'. Now, let's take a few ... Continue reading...

Sisters of Bon Secours, health
Jan 26, 2022

Our Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Bon Secours. Monday marked their Foundation Day, the day when the first sisters took their vows on January 24, 1824 at the St. Sulpice Church in Paris, France. We are forever grateful for these 12 brave pioneers who formed the community that went on to share their ministry across the world. As we mark this special day, let's learn a little ... Continue reading...

healthcare workers
Jan 12, 2022

Most of us probably have a close friend or family member who works in healthcare and has been significantly disrupted in their daily work by the pandemic. The latest spike in our hospitals is taxing the health, energy and mental stamina of so many. They need our prayers! Let's take a few quiet moments in prayer, lifting their name to the One who can get them through this difficult time. A Prayer for Health Care Workers May ... Continue reading...

Happy New Year
Jan 2, 2022

As we close out 2021, a year that was difficult for many, we invite you to intentionally summon the blessings and gratitude for the positive moments. The following reflection was included in a Christmas greeting from one of our retreat presenters and we thought it summarized well our wishes for you too. Let's step into the new year with love and cling to hope for the future... Love - to be the north star in my ... Continue reading...

journal, Examen
Aug 1, 2021

Today's reflection is the 3rd in Fr. Michael Schleupner's series about the Ignatian Examen. For previous posts, please click here to review all of our blogs. Let's take a few quiet moments to read through Fr. Mike's thoughts about this phase of the Examen. Ignatian Examen Step 3 – Looking Back Dear Friends, After Seeking Light and Giving Thanks, we move to Looking Back. In this third step of the Examen, we review the prior day or the day ... Continue reading...

St. Ignatius retreat
Jun 6, 2021

Today’s post is the 2nd in a series by Fr. Michael Schleupner about Saint Ignatius of Loyola. This reflection introduces the inspiring Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Let's take a few quiet moments today to learn about how this incredible resource came to be. Then, we've included a prayer by St. Ignatius at the end. Please pray with us. Saint Ignatius of Loyola - 2 Dear Friends, Toward the end of his life, Ignatius wrote an autobiography and ... Continue reading...