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’.

January 6, 2023

Follow the Star

Today marks the Feast of Epiphany, the day that Jesus was presented to the Gentiles through the Magi. It can be viewed as a symbol of our pilgrimage to life through Christ. Imagine the journey of these kings, Persian priests...following a star...relying on this astrological knowledge and years of study...yet guided by faith to endure. Where are you on your pilgrimage today? Are you still seeking the Light? Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the…

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advent, magi
January 4, 2023

Blessings for the New Year

Happy New Year! As we embark on this fresh start, we invite you to intentionally summon the blessings and gratitude for the positive moments of the year behind us and set positive intentions for 2023. Let's step into the new year with love and cling to hope for the future... Love - to be the north star in my soul, leading me always in the direction of Divine Light. Stillness - to sweet through my restless mind, instilling calmness and…

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lantern, sky, light
December 30, 2022

Rejoice!

The Word Was Made Flesh The Word was made flesh, all things became new the Light of the world illuminating the view. A new life was given, one filled with peace as truth and grace was being released. The Word became man, guiding all who believed the promise of His Spirit one day would receive. A hope like no other, a mystery revealed as the glory of God was being unsealed. The Word was made flesh, Jesus became a man…

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Christmas concert, music, lights
December 28, 2022

A Christmas Prayer

A Christmas Prayer Not gold, nor myrrh, nor even frankincense would I have for you this season, but simple gifts, the ones that are hardest to find, the ones that are perfect, even for those who have everything (if such there be). I would (if I could) have for you the gift of courage, the strength to face the gauntlets only you can name, and the firmness in your heart to know that you (yes, you!) can be a bearer…

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Advent, gifts, joy
December 25, 2022

A Savior Is Born!

Whether you're enjoying this Christmas with family and friends, at a church service, at work, alone baking, writing out cards or quietly meditating on scripture, we hope that it is a time of rich spiritual blessings. The staff of the Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center wishes you the joy of Christmas and the peace that can only come from knowing that our Savior is born! Joy of Discovery The joy of discovery that moment when hope and expectation were…

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silent night, Christmas blog
December 23, 2022

Breath of Heaven

As Christmas Eve quickly approaches, we share this beautiful song from Amy Grant. It's not new, but it's a favorite of many and speaks to the mystery, doubt and ultimate faith of Mary as she prepared to give birth to the Savior of the World. May you and your loved ones be blessed as you prepare for the greatest gifts of all! Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,…

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nativity
December 21, 2022

Signs and Wonder

Today's post comes from writer and retreat presenter, Mary DeTurris Poust. This was the reading for today within her "Waiting in Joyful Hope" Advent reflections book. Mary provides timely inspiration for our faith via insights from Scripture during this fourth week of Advent. Let's settle into a quiet, comfortable space and read below. Signs and Wonder Readings: Mal 3:1-4, 23-24; Luke 1:57-66 Scripture: All who heard these things took them to heart, saying “What, then, will this child be?” For…

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silent retreat, Advent, waiting
December 18, 2022

Making Room for Jesus’ Arrival

Today we share a beautiful video meditation by James Finley that was created a few years ago. He reminds us to make room for Jesus' arrival, so we've included the prayer below that you may want to use before or after watching the video too. So, let's take a few moments away from the hustle and bustle of the season to focus on what's most important, preparing for the birth of Jesus in our hearts. A Christmas Invitation Come, come,…

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arrival of jesus
December 16, 2022

If You Look for Me at Christmas…

If you look for me at Christmas, You won't need a special star. I'm no longer just in Bethlehem, I'm right there where you are. You may not be aware of me Amid the celebrations. You'll have to look beyond the stores And all the decorations. But if you take a moment From your list of things to do And listen to your heart, you'll find I'm waiting there for you. You're the one I want to be with, You're…

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star of Bethlehem
December 14, 2022

The Joy of Advent

During this 3rd week of Advent, we reflect on the story of John the Baptist from scripture below and our theme of joy. What brings your joy during this season? Share with us below and may we all seek the joy of God's presence today. When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ, he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for…

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Joy, Advent, 3rd week