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’.

May 24, 2020

Shelter Me

You may have seen this story on the news or via social media. Fr. Michael Joncas is using his songwriting gifts during the pandemic. He previously composed the popular song "On Eagle's Wings" and now offers his new composition, "Shelter Me". Click here to watch a short news story about Fr. Michael. Here is a video of "Shelter Me", a beautiful performance by Paul Weisenburger. Let's take a few moments to listen to the words and music of the song.…

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May 23, 2020

Litany of Solidarity and Hope

Maybe during the quiet of today, you're finding yourself drawn to prayer during this uncertain time. Sometimes we can feel so overwhelmed though that we may be at a loss for words. The following prayer can help you get started. Litany of Solidarity and Hope During a Pandemic For those who are sick. For those with chronic illnesses and underlying health concerns. For all those who are suffering. For those who are lonely. For those who have no one to…

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May 22, 2020

A Comfort for Loneliness

Fr. Michael Schleupner will be serving as a spiritual director this August during our Directed Retreat. If you'd like to learn more about him or the retreat, please click here. He offered this reflection on Sunday, for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. A Comfort for Loneliness Gospel: John 14:15-21 15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17 This is the Spirit…

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May 21, 2020

Practice Holy Moments

Kathy Anderson and Susan Boruff are frequent presenters at our Center and have offered another inspiring reflection and meditation today. We're so grateful for all of their contributions to our guests! Let's take a few quiet moments to read and listen as we try to find a holy moment. Practice Holy Moments “God is calling you to great holiness. It is not something that you have to earn. Jesus already did that for you. Just accept it and run towards…

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May 20, 2020

The Practice of AWE

Dr. Heather Alexander is a local physician and is also trained in mindfulness practices. She has been offering retreats about mindfulness at our Center over the last few years. Heather has a passion for encouraging people to live well through being more present to the moments of their lives and living with more compassion. She sees this as her way of offering peace to our world that is so in need of healing. Heather will be presenting "Mindfulness, Stress Reduction…

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May 19, 2020

Saved by Faithfulness

Joanne Cahoon offers today's reflection. She has been a friend of the Center for many years and has offered the monthly "Quiet Mornings" mini-retreat for over five years. Joanne is a spiritual director and meets with guests at our Center and also serves on some of our sponsored directed retreats. We look forward to seeing Joanne at the Center again soon. Let's take a quiet moment to read her inspiration for the day. Saved by Faithfulness I was listening to…

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May 18, 2020

Remember Who God Is…

Rainey Taylor, the Sales Manager at our Center, brings today's reflection to us. It is based on many great lessons from Scripture. Let's take a moment to read Rainey's insights that have given her peace and comfort throughout her life. Remember Who God is….. As a young child I distinctly remember being aware of the presence of God. I’m not sure I knew exactly what that meant; but I do know that He was mine. He was mine to talk…

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May 17, 2020

Messages of Hope

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers another wonderful reflection for our blog today. He will be with us for our August Directed Retreat this summer and we're really looking forward to welcoming him back to the Center. If you'd like to learn more about this retreat or about Fr. Michael, please click here. Let's take a moment to quietly reflect on his important message about hope... Dear Friends, Recently I heard a priest say in a homily that there are three degrees…

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May 16, 2020

“Tuesdays with Morrie”

Rose Kurtz, our Guest Services Manager at the Retreat & Conference Center, offers today's reflection based on a recent book that she read. She misses all of the staff at the Center and looks forward to when we can open our doors to guests once again. Let's spend a little quiet time reading Rose's reflection. “Tuesdays with Morrie” During the Pandemic I have been reading many books and one that stood out to me was “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch…

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May 15, 2020

Prayer In the Time of COVID-19

Rev. Stephen Wade offers today's reflection. He has been a spiritual director during one of our summer directed retreat for many years. We look forward to welcoming Rev. Stephen back to the Center this August! Let's take a few quiet moments to read about his thoughts on prayer during this uncertain time. Prayer In the Time of COVID-19 Let’s face it. Prayer is tricky - when it is possible - in this time of COVID-19. My own spiritual direction practice…

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