Introduction

Nothing protects and deepens your inner peace like a spiritual retreat!  Consider it a gift you give yourself.  Times of retreat give us a chance to come home to ourselves in God's presence and to bring the realities of our life to God in utter privacy. This is important for us and for those we serve.  On retreat we rest in God and wait on him to do what is needed. Eventually we return to the battle with fresh energy and keener insight.

 

Retreats . . .Then and Now

Making a Retreat in the past, mostly for clergy and those involved with spiritual direction of others, was seen as a time of soul-scraping. Viewed with anxiety as a time of uncomfortable confrontation with the demands of a tyrant God. Measuring my own inadequacy and infidelity.

St Ignatius of Loyola had a radically different view of how a time of retreat should be. A holiday with God. A space without distractions when I can joyously and with liberty encounter a Loving God. A time in which one can befriend your soul, expand your inner self and be free. St. Ignatius’s way is to deal with our strengths during a retreat, not our weaknesses. It has become clear to me that God prefers this too.

 

Falling in love - Pedro Arrupe (1907-1991)

Nothing is more practical than finding God,
that is, falling in love in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination,
will affect everything.
It will decide
what gets you out of bed in the morning,
what you will do with your evenings,
how you will spend your weekends,
what you read, who you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.