How Do I Get Started Making The Retreat?
help pages on the right side of the home page, should answer most of your
Each of the Weeks of the retreat has a Guide page that lays out how to make that week of the retreat. The Guide page gives the theme of the week, particularly the grace to pray for that week. On the right side of the weekly Guide are the resources you can use with that week.
Each week is different, in the graces asked for and in the material reflected upon. And, one week builds upon another. The growth is progressive and step-by-step.
The Retreat uses the movements of the Spiritual Exercises to help us grow in spiritual freedom and the ability to find intimacy with God in the midst of our every day busy lives.
When Should I Start the Retreat? The retreat can begun at any time. If you read the Sharing, you can tell there are people making one or another part of the retreat all time. We offer the option of making the retreat with the Liturgical year, by beginning about the middle of September each year. This is especially wonderful for people in a family or friends, or groups of people in a parish, making the retreat together. If we start in September, we will reflect on the nativity in December and the Passion during Lent.
So, how do I do this? It's simple. Early in the week, read as much of the Guide page and the resources to the right. They will shape what you do during the upcoming week. Usually, the invitation is to let the grace you are praying for become a part of the "background" of your daily life. Asking for the grace in the morning, and staying conscious of that grace throughout the day, will allow that grace, that reflection, to interact with the events, conversations, meetings and challenges of each day. And, spending a few moments each night to express our gratitude for what we have received, will begin to shape each very interactive week with God - my asking and opening my heart, and God being patient and generous with me.
Should I use the Sharing option? It is up to you. We believe that it will enrich the graces of the retreat to share your experience of how God is working in your week with someone, somehow: a spiritual director, a friend, several friends, a group, or by sharing the graces you received with others making the retreat.
Should I read the Sharing that is posted week by week? Reading the weekly sharing about the week you are praying with, can be helpful for some. It offers us the sense of the world-wide community making the retreat along with us. It also offers a variety of ways people respond to praying with the same material. If that is comforting for you, wonderful. If you find it distracting, don't read the sharing.
Should I read the
Sharing beyond where I am in the Retreat? We recommend you
don't jump ahead. You can read the
of all, trust in God. God will not be outdone in generosity.