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’.

April 7, 2024

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” ~Psalm 19:1

Tomorrow, Monday, April 8, a Total Solar Eclipse will cross North America from Mexico to Canada. Millions of people will spend about 5 minutes witnesses something truly magnificent - the moon completely covering the sun, creating total darkness in the middle of the day. There was a similar eclipse in August on 2017. My husband and I traveled to Jackson Hole, WY to be in the path of totality. When he started planning the trip (years earlier), I thought it…

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Solar Eclipse
April 5, 2024

Gleaning Life Lessons on National Dandelion Day!

Today is National Dandelion Day (who knew?!). We found this list of "Life Lessons from a Dandelion" from the Wisconsin State Farmer website. It's full of beautiful reminders for all of us... Advice from a dandelion, written by Jerry Apps Never apologize for being one of the first to celebrate the arrival of spring. Remember that small can be beautiful. Be proud of who you are and what you can do—even though some may despise you. When you are stomped…

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Life Lessons from a Dandelion
April 3, 2024

Expectation, Hope, and Rebirth…

A Metaphor for Change Spring is a metaphor for change. Some changes we eagerly await, and some we abhor. Some changes we plan and others arrive uninvited. To all these changes we ask the gift of Your perspective beckoning us to expectation, hope, and rebirth. May the sunlight and the rain be reminders that You are at work renewing the earth. As a God of renewal, You are ever at work in our lives, too. Open our eyes and lives…

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flower trees, spring trees
March 31, 2024

He is risen!

"The Lord is risen indeed." ~ Luke 24:34 We are sending warm Easter wishes to you and your friends and family today. Joyous Time of Year May the glory and the promise of this joyous time of year bring peace and happiness to you and those you hold most dear. And may Christ, Our Risen Saviour, always be there by your side to bless you most abundantly and be your loving guide. - Author Unknown

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Easter Sunday prayers
March 29, 2024

Suffering is Never for Nothing

In celebration of the Sisters of Bon Secours' 200th anniversary, one of their ministries, the Associate Ministry, created a Lenten Devotional. It has a daily reflection and prayer for each day of Lent. The Good Friday reflection was written by Rev. Dr. Brenda Nelson. Brenda is the Program Coordinator for the Associate Office and an Associate in South Carolina. Suffering and Triumph of the Servant of the Lord[a] 13 See, my servant shall prosper,     he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.…

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cross, crucifixion, Good Friday
March 27, 2024

Entering into Holy Week

Tomorrow, guests will arrive to participate in our annual Triduum Retreat. This Holy Week retreats welcome the retreatants to live deeper into their understanding of Jesus's self-sacrificing love for us. Please hold the retreatants and the retreat leaders, Fr. Phil Cover and Sr. Eileen Quinn in prayer as they journey together through Holy Week. Prayer for Holy Week Lord, let everything I do in the coming Holy Week be inspired by You. Help me to remember that nothing is important…

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Triduum Retreat
March 24, 2024

Palm Sunday Prayer

Today, we hope you will join us for a Palm Sunday concert in the Bon Secours Chapel! The Howard County Christian Choir will be leading us through "Who is This King", a Cantata for Choir written by Joseph M. Martin and Lloyd Larson. We will gather in the Chapel at 4pm and then there will be time following the concert for mingling and light refreshments. Registration is not required and the event is free, although a freewill offering will be…

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Palm Sunday, prayers
March 22, 2024

Embracing the Sacredness of Water

As we commemorate World Water Day, we are called to reflect on the significance of water not only as a vital resource for sustaining life but also as a sacred gift from the Divine. In alignment with the Sisters of Bon Secours' Corporate Statement on Water, we are reminded of our responsibility to safeguard this precious resource and ensure its accessibility to all people. In recognizing the interconnectedness of all life forms, we acknowledge our duty to protect and preserve…

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Sisters of Bon Secours
March 20, 2024

Embracing Renewal: Spring Equinox Reflections through Laudato Si

As we welcome the Spring Equinox, nature awakens from its wintry slumber, reminding us of the cyclical rhythms that govern our planet. This celestial event invites reflection on Pope Francis's encyclical, Laudato Si, urging us to cherish and protect our common home. Just as nature experiences renewal during this equinox, so too must we renew our commitment to caring for the Earth and all its inhabitants. Let us answer the call to ecological conservation, embracing a sustainable lifestyle rooted in…

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March 17, 2024

Celebrating St. Patrick. Honoring the Lenten Journey.

Gracious and Loving God, As we gather in prayer on this St. Patrick's Day, we are reminded of the rich tapestry of faith and tradition that has woven through the ages. We thank you for the life and legacy of St. Patrick, whose unwavering dedication to spreading your word inspires us still. In this season of Lent, as we journey toward the cross and the empty tomb, may we find strength in St. Patrick's example of perseverance and resilience. Like…

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St. Patricks Day