A retreat is time for God, a time for assessing our relationship with God. We spend time with the people we cherish and respect. We spend time with God. A retreat nurtures our spiritual life in an environment away from the ordinary distractions of life. In the Scriptures, we read that Jesus would simply go off and pray. Keep Reading…
Retreat Season 2015-2016:
Be Merciful As Your Father (Luke 6:36)
Pope Francis’ declaration of an extraordinary Jubilee beginning December 8th was the inspiration for our upcoming retreat season theme. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the close of Vatican II, his Holiness heralded this year as a Jubilee Year of Mercy. He began his formal announcement with these words: “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy” and even posted a motto: “Merciful Like the Father”.
In Luke’s gospel, it is Jesus who commands us, his followers, to “be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful” (6:36) On this pilgrimage that we call life, Jesus teaches us how to do that: “Do not judge and you will not be judged. Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Pardon and you will be pardoned. Give, and it shall be given to you — good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over will they pour into the fold of your garment. For the measure you measure with will be measured back to you” (Lk 6:37-39)
Pope Francis writes: “It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy – to reawaken our conscience – so that we can know whether or not we are living as Christ’s disciples. Let us rediscover these corporal works of mercy: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead. And let us not forget the spiritual works of mercy: to counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offences, bear patiently those who do us ill, and pray for the living and the dead”. (Misericordiae Vultus, n. 15)
A Holy year. A Jubilee year. A great year to make a retreat.
We look forward to welcoming you with open arms here at the Spiritual Center. This is the time to deepen your faith, so that your faith is strengthened for the journey.
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