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’.

June 13, 2020

Spirituality

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers today's reflection about spirituality. Let’s take a quiet moment to read Fr. Michael's insights. Dear Friends, I have decided to do a few posts on the topic of spirituality. In Catholicism and much of Christianity, and, I think, in other faith traditions also, this has become a major focus over the past fifty years. And it should be! Why? Because we all have a spirituality, whether we know it or not. What is spirituality? The place…

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journey, meditation, prayer
June 12, 2020

To do, to become…

A Sabbath Prayer We cannot merely pray to you, O God, to end war; For we know that You have made the world in a way that people must find their own path to peace within themselves and with their neighbors. We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end starvation; For You have already given us the resources with which to feed the entire world, if we would only use them wisely. We cannot merely pray to You,…

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June 11, 2020

Little Losses

Today's post comes from Jen Murphy, Manager of Retreat & Events at the Center. She misses her coworkers, presenters and guests and looks forward to being together again. Let's take a few minutes to read Jen's thoughts about the sense of loss that we've all been feeling during the pandemic. Little Losses Throughout the pandemic, I often hear people describing their feelings as 'weird' and something that they can't quite figure out how to express. It's understandable. We've never been…

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blog, meditation, contemplation
June 10, 2020

Solemnity of the Holy Trinity

Today's post is another inspiring, spiritual reflection from Fr. Michael Schleupner. Let's take a quiet moment to contemplate God within us. Solemnity of the Holy Trinity  The Book of Genesis says that we are made “in God’s image and likeness.” Today, we honor God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. So, because we are made “in God’s image and likeness,” there must be signs or traces in us of God as Father, as Son, and as Holy Spirit. For starters, let’s be aware…

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June 9, 2020

How You Can Cure Violence

Today's post is a timely reflection and meditation from retreat presenters Susan Boruff and Kathy Anderson. Let's take a few quiet moments to read this reflection by Susan and then watch the video at the end by Kathy. How You Can Cure Violence “We each contain the potentials to be both destructive and creative.” Jeremiah Abrams, Jungian therapist. I was talking to a friend the other day about the documentary Tiger King. He told me that he didn’t realize that…

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June 8, 2020

Prayer During a Pandemic

Prayer during a Pandemic Loving God, Holy One, Your desire is for our wholeness and well-being. We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time. We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened. We ache for ourselves and our neighbors, standing before an uncertain future. We pray: may love, not fear, go viral. Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely, aligned with the common good. In the midst of social distancing reveal…

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prayer for pandemic
June 7, 2020

Lessons from the Feast of Pentecost

Today's reflection is from Fr. Michael Schleupner. He will be serving as a spiritual director this August during our Directed Retreat. If you'd like to learn more about Fr. Michael or the retreat, please click here. He offered this reflection last Sunday for Pentecost and it speaks to the compassion that our world needs so much right now. Please prayerfully reflect with us. The Feast of Pentecost  Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain…

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June 6, 2020

In Pursuit of Justice…Black Lives Matter…All Lives Matter

Today's reflection is brought to us by Brenda Nelson. She is the Regional Program Coordinator for the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates in South Carolina and Florida. Brenda shared this with the associates and is extending it to our broader community. Please take a few moments to join us in community as we pray for peace and respect for all. In Pursuit of Justice...Black Lives Matter... All Lives Matter Let's shift our focus from the COVID-19 Virus to another pandemic…

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June 5, 2020

Tightrope

Mickey Reed provides today’s inspiring reflection. She is a trained facilitator of Joyce Rupp’s Boundless Compassion program and will be presenting a Boundless Compassion retreat at our Center this fall. You can click here to read more about it and to learn about Mickey too. Thanks so much for sharing this reflection, Mickey! Tightrope I was in Zumba class when I first heard this song "Tightrope" from the musical The Greatest Showman. The instructor played it as the backdrop for…

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June 4, 2020

Bake, Cook & Eat for Wellness

Today's reflection is brought to us by Rose Kurtz, our Guest Services Manager at the Center. Rose often helps guests, group coordinators and presenters with their needs when they're at the Center. She also assists with questions and payments over the phone before their arrival. Rose looks forward to welcoming you back soon! Bake, Cook & Eat for Wellness I have a book called “Words of Wisdom for Women” by Rachel Snyder. I often use this book to pick out…

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baking during pandemic