A Fresh Take On The Daily Examen

March 04, 2016 08:03

I don't know about you, but I love short prayers.  As I've gotten older, I've come to realize that it's not the length of the prayer, but the sincerity of the person praying it.  That's not to say that there's something wrong with long prayers, but we shouldn't discount those that are brief and to the point. 

One such prayer which I've come to love is found at the very beginning...

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What About You? What Will You Do?

March 03, 2016 08:19

In the Catholic Church, today's feast day honors a saint from Philadelphia, Katharine Drexel (1858-1955). While he was visiting Philadelphia this past fall, Pope Francis talked about an event that would change St. Katherine's life and effect the lives of countless people who benefited by her ministry and the millions she gave away in service to the poor. Here's what the Holy Father said of her,...

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A Change of Season

February 20, 2016 14:48

You can sense it in the air.  You can see things happening all around, if you take the time to look.  It's sixty degrees today in Maryland, and we are ever so slowly coming out of another long winter.  Sadly, the change from winter to spring is not moving as fast as I would like.  Witness to that is the fact that my front lawn is still completely covered in snow.  The...

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Lent Is Here

February 10, 2016 07:01

The season of Lent has arrived a bit early this year, but here we are.  Ash Wednesday, the official first day of this penitential season, reminds us that, in the end, "you are dust, and unto dust you shall return." Hearing that timeless line is always a jolt to my system, and I guess that's what this whole liturgical season is about.  Life is short, and how we live it has...

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Ice and Snow, Bless the Lord

January 23, 2016 09:34

You might have seen on the news that we're getting a bit of snow in my neck of the woods today.  Actually, it's a blizzard, and I've been outside two times already this morning, keeping a path open for my dog Smokey to take care of his business, feeding the birds, and being sure the snow is kept away from my heating system. All good and important things to do when you live in Maryland in...

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Mindfully Advent

December 21, 2015 20:47

Christmas is in a few short days.  I know, it's hard to believe, but, if you have spent some time prayerfully preparing for our remembrance of Christ's birth, then, you are probably ready.  Personally, I haven't done much shopping, but I'm not worried.  I have no doubt I'll get just the thing for everyone on my list.  Over the last few weeks, I've really focused on reading...

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The Year of Mercy

December 08, 2015 08:36

When I first heard that Pope Francis had declared that there would be a Jubilee Year of Mercy, it resonated with me.  Yes, I thought, doesn't the world need more mercy?  As I continued to reflect, I think the thing that kept running through my head was that, not only the whole world, but I also needed more mercy in my daily life.  What a difference it would make in the world if...

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Prepare the Way

November 29, 2015 19:00

Ah, Advent.  A season of joyful expectation, waiting to remember once again the birth of Jesus, our Messiah.  This year, Advent begins the weekend after Thanksgiving, and on the surface, it gives us some added quiet time to move into the season.  Unfortunately, if you turned on the news this weekend, you might have been confronted with the shopping craziness that marks the...

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The Saints Among US

November 01, 2015 16:49

In the Catholic Church, November 1st is celebrated as the Feast of All Saints, when we remember the many saints who have gone before us, now praying for us, and who provide us with a wonderful witness of holy living. 

What seems like a lifetime ago, I was a college student working on a Master's Degree in Theology.  The chapel at St. Mary's was beautiful, and the wall behind the altar...

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The Great Jubilee and Ribollita

October 03, 2015 08:11

I know, what an odd title for a blog post.  The past few days have been cold and rainy where I live, and, early this morning, I woke up thinking about an event which took place in Florence, Italy. I'll fill you in on that experience in a moment, but first, a bit about our trip, which took place exactly 15 years ago.   My family and I were traveling Italy to...

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Upcoming Retreats

Upcoming Events at Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, Marriottsville, Maryland.

Jan. 19-21: Making All Things New
This Retreat will focus on providing you with tools to improve your health, deepen your faith, and enjoy life to the fullest

March 17, 9am-1pm: Prayer Walking
This morning will introduce participants to Prayer Walking, which aims to strengthen our bodies and our relationship with God. Please where comfortable shoes and clothing.

May 11-13: Ignatian Spirituality
This Retreat will focus on key practices of Ignatian Spirituality, including St. Ignatius' deep devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Sept. 22, 9am-1pm: Ignatian Rules for Eating
Long before our present crisis of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, St. Ignatius included some Rules for Eating in his Spiritual Exercises. Join us to learn what they are and how they might benefit you or someone you love.

Nov. 16-18: Making All Things New
This Retreat will focus on providing you with tools to improve your health, deepen your faith, and enjoy life to the fullest.

To learn more and register for any of these events, click here for Bon Secours website.

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