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’.

November 2, 2022

Prayer for All Souls Day

Today we honor All Souls Day or the Commemoration of All of the Faithful Departed. With this tradition, we pray for those who have died, including our loved ones and people around the world who we will never meet. We take this day to remember them and comfort one another too. We pray that you are comforted as you remember personal losses today. Let's pause and pray, remembering that we are in God's presence. Prayer for All Souls Day God…

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All Soul's Day
October 30, 2022

Prayer for All Saints Day

Tuesday, November 1st, is All Saints Day. We recognize the many saints we've learned about through scripture and writings from history. Please take a quiet moment in prayer to remember the wide variety of saints before us. "May we learn how to walk wisely from their examples of faith, dedication, worship, and love." Prayer for All Saints Day We give you thanks, O God, for all the saints who ever worshiped you Whether in brush arbors or cathedrals, Weathered wooden…

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All Saints Day prayer
October 28, 2022

Psalm 23 Prayer

We discovered this beautiful video meditation for the 23rd Psalm. If you are reflecting on loss that you've suffered or simply need to feel the strength of Jesus in a special way, we pray that this provides some source of comfort and hope in your day. Amen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43mCBMvFCU4  

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October 26, 2022

Prayers for Strength & Healing

As we enter this season that traditionally presents colds and flu viruses to many, we share the following scripture verses and prayers for hope, strength and healing. May God bless you with good health and, if necessary, healing and recovery.   Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul. ~ 3 John 1:2   Restore My Strength Holy Spirit, drive away from…

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prayers for illness
October 23, 2022

Our Image of God – 4

Fr. Michael Schleupner continues an insightful series about our image of God. What can we learn about how we project this image, based on scripture and theology? Let's read more in Fr. Michael's thoughts from Genesis and how that relates to our own personal relationship with God. Our Image of God - 4 Dear Friends, Our image of God, as I have said in this series over the last several weeks, is crucial. It affects not just how we relate…

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Image of God homily
October 21, 2022

Letting Go

Annie Hisle will guide a grief retreat tomorrow, presenting resources like the poem below to help participants who are dealing with loss. Please pray that these guests are comforted and spiritually uplifted by their retreat. Maybe the reading below will provide some level of peace and comfort if you are in need too? Letting Go To let go doesn't mean to stop caring, it means I can't do it for someone else. To let go is not to cut myself…

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letting go
October 19, 2022

Gratitude for Holy Moments

Here at the Center it is common to hear guests, presenters and group leaders express how the Spirit led them here. They often share how they have received exactly what they need from presentations, community and the grounds. They also sometimes comment how they didn't even really know they needed, but were drawn to be here at that time. What a blessing, as a staff, to be able to receive these comments! We are so grateful to have a small…

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candle, prayer
October 16, 2022

Deep Peace

On this last day of John Philip Newell's "Sacred Earth Sacred Soul" retreat at our Center, we leave you with this short video that he created a few years ago. He offers beautiful insights from art and scripture and also a touching blessing for peace at the end. May you be blessed by a sense of deep peace today... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXjYGoZ_ous

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prayers for peace
October 14, 2022

Welcome, John Philip Newell & Guests

Today is the beginning of our highly anticipated "Sacred Earth Sacred Soul" retreat with Dr. John Philip Newell and Cami Twilling. We are so happy to host them this weekend for this sold-out retreat! Today, we share a little spiritual inspiration from John Philip with you too.   "Our work, rather, is to help reawaken the sense of the sacred that is already deep in the human soul, our primordial relationship with nature, our ancient mother love of the earth.…

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John Philip Newell
October 12, 2022

Prayer for Transformation

While observing the transformation that nature has begun to make around us, it can often prompt a self-reflection about a transformation within us and within our world. Many of our retreats stimulate this conversation and process here at the Center too. So, today, we are sharing this powerful prayer that will likely resonate with everyone in some way. Share your thoughts in the comments after you pray with us! Prayer for Transformation Lord, transform us – not for our benefit,…

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pond, fall leaves