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’.

September 9, 2022

Poured Out

Tara Mulder, Sales Manager, offers today's blog with insights about a special series that she has created and an opportunity for you to learn more and express your creativity! Poured Out: The story behind an art show and art workshop at the Center The word “poured” occurs often in the Judeo-Christian Scriptures. God pours out blessing, promising the Israelites in Malachi 3:10 that blessing will flow like opening a floodgate. He is extravagant as giver, provider. He poured life into…

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September 7, 2022

A Prayer for Students

Today we share this beautiful prayer as many are beginning a new school year. Let's pray that students and teachers will feel the arms of Jesus around them during this time of transition. Let us pray that they will be able to let any anxiety go, sensing the peace that only the Spirit can offer. A Prayer for Our Students I pray for: Strength - that God gives them the strength to do what they need to do each day.…

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prayer for school year
September 5, 2022

A Prayer for Labor Day

As Labor Day approaches, let's take a moment in gratitude for the jobs that many of us hold and to pray for those less fortunate who are seeking a way to afford necessities. We lift up prayers of justice for all those seeking employment and for many who are seeking jobs. Pray with us... Loving God, on this weekend, when we rest from our usual labors, we pray for all who shoulder the tasks of human labor— in the marketplace,…

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Labor Day prayer
September 2, 2022

The Find Art of Small Talk

Fr. Michael Schleupner, a favorite retreat presenter and spiritual director at our Center, offered the follow as a homily last Sunday. Let's see what we can learn from his insight about small talk and humility. On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. He told a parable to those who had been invited, noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the…

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Fr. Michael Schleupner
August 31, 2022

Video Meditation: Feeling God’s Presence

We recently discovered this relaxing 10 minute video meditation. It offers beautiful images, Scripture and prayers and it a lovely way to set aside a moment of centering and quiet peace during the day. Will you take 10 minutes to welcome the peace of Jesus today? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtcg7bKEVew

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blog, reflection
August 28, 2022

Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo

Today is the Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo. "Augustine is recognized as a saint in the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion. He is also a preeminent Catholic Doctor of the Church and the patron of the Augustinians. His memorial is celebrated on 28 August, the day of his death. Augustine is the patron saint of brewers, printers, theologians, and a number of cities and dioceses" (Catholic.org). There are so many examples to take from…

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St. Augustine
August 26, 2022

Celebrating the Birthday of Mother Teresa

In honor of the birthday of Mother Teresa (Aug. 26, 1910), we share some of her inspiring quotes for peace and close with a beautiful prayer that she wrote. We're so grateful for these words she left for us to learn from. May we be able to remember the love of Jesus with all we encounter.   "The fruit of silence is prayer; the fruit of prayer is faith; the fruit of faith is love; the fruit of love is…

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love, healing
August 24, 2022

Great Spirit

Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me. I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom.   Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my…

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prayer, meditation
August 21, 2022

Authentic faith

Rev. Stephen Wade served as a spiritual director on our August Directed Retreat last week. He often offers insightful resources to his directees as they are unpacking their spiritual journey. Today, he shares one of these powerful resources with us. Comment and let us know if it spoke to you. Authentic faith is more than an echo of a tradition. It is a creative situation, an event. For God is not always silent, and man is not always blind. In…

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light, faith
August 19, 2022

Let Your Light Shine

As the sun rises, Lord, Let your light shine on me. Destroy the darkness about me, Scatter the darkness before me, Disperse the darkness behind me, Dispel the darkness within me. Let your light shine on me. As the sun rises, Lord, Let your light shine on me. The warmth of your Presence, The brightness of your love, The radiance of your joy, The shining of your hope. Let your light shine on me. As the sun rises, Lord, Let…

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hope, quiet mornings program