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 13, 2023

Spiritual Wellness – 1

Today we begin sharing a series on spiritual wellness by friend of the Center, Fr. Michael Schleupner. We're grateful that he shares his posts with our audience and even more grateful for his presence! He's at the Center this week for our Winter Directed Retreat and also celebrating daily Mass in our Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Michael! Let's take a few moments to read his insights about Scripture and scholars. Spiritual Wellness - 1 Staying Centered on Jesus Dear Friends,…

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spiritual wellness
January 11, 2023

Set the captives free

Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. It is set aside to educate people around the world about forms of trafficking, how to identify it and how help those in need. According to the World Vision website: There are 25 million in forced labor 40.3 million adults and children are in forced labor and sexual slavery One in four modern slaves is a child. 14 countries are without adequate laws to prevent trafficking. These are staggering figures. Most people in…

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Anti-human trafficking month
January 8, 2023

The Light Within

The Lord's Light Within Lord, we reflect with thankful hearts On the wonder of your birth The love you expressed when you left Your glory to come to earth For your life was like a beacon, Lord Shining brightly in the night Filling the world with the radiance of The Father's glorious light And we, too, long to have inside Your light for others to see The beautiful reflection of your grace And the wonder of your majesty For as…

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2nd week of Advent
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