Contemplating Merton: poet, monk, spiritual writer

One glance at a picture of Thomas Merton (1915—1968) and it is clear to see how one might be intimidated were they to become engaged in an intellectual conversation with a man who understands the nature of prayer so deeply and contemplatively.  Yet, with a twinkle in his eye and a smirk of welcome, Merton […]

January 31, 2015 in News & Update, The Window Blog by

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A Year in Review

A Reflection from our Director, Sister Joetta Huelsmann As we consider how we met the needs of our guests and focused on our mission for John XXIII Retreat Center over the past year, we ask that you share with us the blessings given and to join us in thanks for God’s graces.   It is in […]

January 15, 2015 in News & Update, Retreat Recall, The Window Blog by

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Simple Prayer in Dry Seasons

“Lord save me.”   A life of prayer is certain to bring about changes in each of us, and just as everyone goes through the seasons of life so everyone living in prayer will find their ongoing conversation with God to have variations throughout their journey. Sometimes a Christian will mention having a “dry season,” […]

July 31, 2014 in The Window Blog by

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Pentecost: The Holy Spirit Among Us

The Lord had told His disciples, “I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” Perhaps this means different things to different people. The Holy Spirit is known […]

June 4, 2014 in The Window Blog by

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Come this Sunday @ 1:00! Experience the Spirituality of St. John XXIII for Yourself!

  My guiding principles remain the same: humility in everything, especially in my speech, union with God and the will of God, and not my own, in all I do. — Pope John XXIII, Journal of a Soul   His was a life lived in humility and deep devotion to God as he prayed and […]

May 14, 2014 in News & Update, The Window Blog by

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Yes, He is Risen !!

He is Risen! I never tire of hearing this or proclaiming it. While it speaks of our Saviors work on the Cross – Of His loving redemption of all mankind – it also speaks of the triumph He brings about within you and I. He is Risen – in you and I – over all […]

April 21, 2014 in The Window Blog by

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Coming in April…

Exploring Pope Francis’ Spirituality… Join us this Lent on April 4-6 to deepen your spiritual journey as we explore the spirituality of Pope Francis. You will learn more about Franciscan Spirituality as we examine simplicity and loving all creation.  Journey with us and St. Ignatius, the first Jesuit, as we explore prayer, discernment and more. […]

March 3, 2014 in The Window Blog by

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Spiritual Companion IV Update…

…the SCP IV application deadline is being moved back to September 25 to give potential applicants more discernment time.  Please feel free to call Sr. Joetta @ 1-765-348-4008;  toll free 1-888-882-1391 or e-mail her:   Also, you can Click on RETREATS OFFERED and then on the drop down menu Spiritual Companion Program for more information on this website.  […]

August 15, 2013 in News & Update, The Window Blog by

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Sit and Enjoy…let nature be your teacher!

Nature Speaks Recently I re-visited our family farm that I was raised on in Trenton IL. This time, I was in a church hall which was built on the edge on our property since the land had been sold. It caused me to reflect on the values that my parents gave me being raised on […]

August 15, 2013 in The Window Blog by

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Take a Vacation with God!

As we approach the summer months many of you are making plans for vacation. Hopefully you have also thought about a vacation with God. Why not carve out a day, or two to come to John XXIII Retreat Center for your own private time with your Creator. Our back yard has so much to offer. […]

May 29, 2013 in The Window Blog by

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