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 14, 2020

Learning to Lean

Rainey Taylor is a familiar face at the Center. She is our Sales Manager and assists many groups to secure their reservations and make arrangements for the group's meeting room, housekeeping and dining needs. Rainey is looking forward to the day when she can gather with coworkers and welcome groups back into the Center. Let's take a few quiet moments to read her reflection today. Learning to Lean As humans, we struggle to understand the ever-changing times. Something that has…

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leaning on God
May 13, 2020

Exactly As You Are

Today’s post is from frequent retreat presenters, Susan Boruff and Kathy Anderson. Let's take a moment to read this inspiring reflection that includes an important reminder from scripture, a short lesson on how to practice it and then a breathing meditation exercise at the end. Thank you for sharing, Susan and Kathy! Exactly As You Are “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against…

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May 12, 2020

Christ Has No Body Now But Yours…

Today's reflection is from Rose Kurtz, the Manager of Guest Services at the Center. Normally, Rose can be seen around our Welcome Center or in her office, assisting guests with all of their needs. She can't wait to be able to welcome everyone back to the Center soon! Let's take a moment to quiet ourselves and pray with her... During this time of social distancing and pretty much any time, I hold the words of St. Teresa of Avila in…

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May 11, 2020

Just Do the Next Right Thing

If you know Sr. Elaine Davia, the area leader for the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA, then you know that she definitely has a green thumb. As a nurse practitioner, she also utilizes her knowledge about healthy eating as she plans her gardens. Sr. Elaine provides today's reflection, based on a recent gardening experience. Just Do The Next Right Thing The Saturday before last was beautiful, warm and sunny. So I ventured out with my mask and hand wipes to…

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Sr Elaine David, Sisters of Bon Secours
May 8, 2020

When This Is Over

When this is over, may we never again take for granted; A handshake with a stranger, Full shelves at the store, Conversations with neighbors, A crowded theater, Friday night out, The taste of communion, A routine checkup, The school rush each morning, Coffee with a friend, The stadium roaring, Each deep breath! A boring Tuesday. Life itself. When this ends, may we find that we have become more like the people we wanted to be, we were called to be,…

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May 7, 2020

Emotional Rescue

Today’s post is a helpful reflection, exercise and meditation from retreat presenters Susan Boruff and Kathy Anderson. They will be at our Center June 17-21 to present, “Healing Our World One Person at a Time: Discovering How God’s Love Transforms Ourselves, Our Families, Our Communities and Our World”.  To learn more about the retreat and these presenters, please click here. Emotional Rescue I’ll come to you, so silent in the night So stealthy, so animal quiet I'll be your savior,…

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May 6, 2020

Prayer for a Pandemic

Fr. Michael Schleupner came across this special prayer and shares it with us today. It is certainly something that will resonate with many of us. We look forward to welcoming Fr. Michael back to the Center for our August Directed Retreat late this summer. Let's take a quiet moment now to pray together... Prayer for a Pandemic  “May we who are merely inconvenienced Remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors Remember those most…

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May 5, 2020

Pausing Fear, Choosing Joy

We are thrilled to be able to host author Mary DeTurris Poust at our Center for a special weekend retreat next summer! (The retreat will be posted on our website soon.) A gifted writer, Mary offers eloquent spiritual inspiration and shares her recent blog post with us today. To learn more about her and read other posts on her blog, click here. Pausing Fear, Choosing Joy The past month has been a dance of gratitude and fear. Gratitude that, so…

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May 4, 2020

When I Get to Heaven

Linda Mastro provided another insightful reflection for our blog today. She is a retreat presenter at our Center and will be guiding, “Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart”, a women’s retreat next January. Click here to read more about the retreat. Thank you, Linda! When I Get to Heaven          I have many spiritual teachers and guides. Henri Nouwen, Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, Joyce Rupp, and Thomas Keating top the list. I recently added John Prine, the folk song writer…

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May 3, 2020

Living Through This

Fr. Michael Schleupner is a presenter at our Center and will be with us this summer for our August Directed Retreat. You can click here to learn more. He shares spiritual insights through weekly eNewsletters and graciously shares those with our audience too. Here, he reflects about recent thoughts from Pope Francis and how we can use lessons from scripture to recognize community members during the pandemic. Living Through This These were from an address which the Holy Father directed…

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