THE BLOG OF THE BON SECOURS RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTER

Retreat with Us

Welcome to the Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center’s blog! This blog will extend our retreat ministry by bringing prayers and reflections into your home ‘retreat’. Many of our presenters and staff share their homilies, favorite prayers and reflections through this medium. We encourage you to comment, pass it along to friends or simply take a moment to pray with us. We hope that this will serve as a moment during your day when you can ‘retreat with us’.

February 5, 2023

See Yourself as You Are

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers another post in his spiritual wellness series today. Seeing ourselves just as we are can be tough, but he urges us to value the importance for our journey to spiritual wellness. Let's take a few moments to prayerfully consider his insights. Spiritual Wellness - 5 See Yourself as You Are Dear Friends, An essential ingredient of spiritual wellness is that we see ourselves as we really are. I am thinking about two dimensions of this. First,…

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prayer, fear not
February 3, 2023

Prayer for St. Brigid

Wednesday, February 1st, was the Feast Day of Saint Brigid of Kildare. She is the patroness saint of Ireland and of poetry, learning, healing, protection, blacksmithing, livestock and dairy production. Traditionally, it is a day of weaving Brigid's crosses to honor her. Learn more about St. Brigid by clicking here. We can learn so much from the her example! Please pray with us. Brigid You were a woman of peace. You brought harmony where there was conflict. You brought light…

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Prayer, St. Brigid prayer
February 1, 2023

Prayer for Black History Month

This month, we celebrate Black History Month. Let's take a moment to prayerfully reflect on how we can shine a light on the many contributions of those who were pushed to the shadows in the past. May God teach all of us to see the humanity in everyone and advocate for justice. Prayer for Black History Month Spirit of Abundance, God of Grace, Mother of Hope, We pause now to remember those stories that are all around us, But so…

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reimaging prayer
January 29, 2023

Live An Inner Life

Fr. Michael Schleupner, frequent retreat presenter at our Center, offers the 4th reflection in his series about Spiritual Wellness. It provides insight into how we communicate with God about all of our feelings, which leads to healing. How do you make time for the "inner life"? Spiritual Wellness - 4 Live An Inner Life Dear Friends, Few, if any of us need to be reminded to live an “outer life.” Most of the time, we are outer-focused – interacting with…

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man praying
January 27, 2023

Winter In All of Our Lives

Winter in all of Our Lives There is a winter in all of our lives, a chill and darkness that makes us yearn for days that have gone or put our hope in days yet to be. Father God, you created seasons for a purpose. Spring is full of expectation buds breaking frosts abating and an awakening of creation before the first days of summer. Now the sun gives warmth and comfort to our lives reviving aching joints bringing colour,…

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frost
January 25, 2023

Sisters of Bon Secours Foundation Day

Our Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Bon Secours. Yesterday 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 more about their rich history.…

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Sisters of Bon Secours, health
January 22, 2023

Make Time to Pray

Fr. Michael Schleupner continues his series on spiritual wellness today and focuses on prayer. Do you have a favorite method of prayer? If so, please comment and share. Are you seeking a new way to pray? There are several suggestions below. Spiritual Wellness - 3 Make Time to Pray Dear Friends, Maybe it sounds obvious or even trite, but it is important to state this. Spiritual wellness must include some time to pray. For the overwhelming majority of us, this…

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prayer, lent
January 20, 2023

See Yourself as Beloved

We continue Fr. Michael Schleupner's series on spiritual wellness today with gratitude for his willingness to share with our blog audience! We hope that this reflection reinforces the knowledge that YOU are a child of God and provides inspiration for spiritual wellness today. Spiritual Wellness - 2 See Yourself As Beloved Dear Friends, Last week I began this series on Spiritual Wellness with the importance of staying centered on Christ. That, I believe, must come first - there is no…

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love, healing
January 18, 2023

In the Stillness

We're finishing up our Winter Directed Retreat tomorrow and many of our guests have already shared on their evaluations how grateful they have been for this time of spiritual direction, silence and stillness. Are you able to take a few quiet moments, listening to God's voice today?   In the Stillness by Katy Kauffman In the stillness when it’s just You and me I can be candid, I can be free To express what I’m feeling and going through I…

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winter blessing
January 15, 2023

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tomorrow, we commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. and the incredible contributions that he made to racial justice, peace and spirituality. Many of the popular quotes that share his wisdom and passion will be shared across all forms of media tomorrow, but it isn't as common to see or hear his beautiful prayers, so we selected this particularly inspiring one. Will you take a few quiet moments to pray with us? Thou Eternal God, out of whose absolute power and infinite…

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Martin Luther King Jr.