is it possible
to make an
|A Retreat is a RETREAT FROM our ordinary patterns and a RETREAT TO a "place" where we can be more receptive to the graces God wants to offer us. This online retreat affords us the opportunity to check this site each week and receive some guidance for our retreat from and to. Some of us have access to the web both at work and at home. We can print the weekly pages and review them each week. The retreat is also available in Audio and Book forms. And because it will be "one week at a time" all we need to do is take advantage of the weekly Guide, with its options and exercises.|
kind of patterns
will I be adopting?
use this retreat MOST effectively, we'll use 3 exercises:
to let the material, especially the graces prayed for, rest in the background of my daily life.
to use the other resources for that week, as time permits;
to share the graces with a director or others making the retreat (optional)
this like making
|The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius are meant to be an individually directed retreat, over the course of 30 days away from ordinary life, or for a longer time in the midst of daily life. The movements and exercises of Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises will inspire and shape this online retreat, making it possible for us to grow in our relationship with God and in spiritual freedom.|
if I haven't
made a retreat before?
|Not a problem. This kind of retreat is very USER FRIENDLY. The most important thing to remember is that God doesn't need much openness on our part to richly bless us. This retreat offers suggestions for prayer throughout the week, for locating what it is we desire from God, and some ways to let ourselves be open to receiving those graces. And, BEST OF ALL, we'll be doing this in the midst of our busy everyday lives - in fact, this retreat will help our daily lives to have more meaning.|
finding time for
"prayer" each day.
easier than we might imagine. Look on this retreat as something
we are going to GIVE OURSELVES. And EXPECT IT to be a wonderful
experience. We usually end up doing stuff we LIKE to do.
We'll like doing this.
It will only take 10 - 20 minutes to read the material for the week - about the same time to listen to it in audio form. The rest of "making the retreat" is to let the material stay in the background of my everyday life and to interact with what I'm doing. It will take practice, but it will become a habit easily.
the weekly retreat Guide page and the Getting Started page will offer suggestions and helps for how
to do it.
"option" of talking
with a director
or being in a group?
of us making this online retreat will be REVIEWING the week, to try to
pull the week together. Some of the real FRUIT of the retreat
will come as we notice PATTERNS and start putting pieces together into
a whole. Jotting these insights, experiences and graces down will
be very helpful.
Sharing these movements in our weekly journey with a spiritual director we already have, or with one we ask to accompany us on this retreat, is a wonderful way to hold ourselves accountable to pulling the graces together. A wise director could be an invaluable help in sorting our experiences out along the way, as well as in offering helpful guidance.
great way to enhance the experience of this online retreat is to meet
once or twice a month with a small group of others making the retreat.
This one hour session simply lets each person in the group summarize
their retreat experience or their gratitude for some grace.
Check out our page on how to do the retreat with
look forward to
happening in us
because of this
|More than we can ask or imagine! God is never outdone in generosity. One thing is certain: we will grow in our relationship with God. Several other graces are very possible: we will grow in an inner peace that comes from a deeper sense of God's love for us; we will grow in a freedom from some of the stuff that keeps us from being very loving or courageous in the face of difficulties; and we can hope that we will be more committed to being of service to others.|
making this retreat
on your own.
making this retreat.