See what you'll discover each day of the retreat
Day One Recollection and Finding Time
Recollection is paying attention to the presence of God in your soul. To “recollect” is to remember something, and it’s easy to forget God’s presence and promise when life gets busy. Taking time—making time—for silence and solitude is one of the best ways to truly recollect God’s love.
Day Two Your Relationship with God
I always remember the wise words spoken in a Pastoral Ministry class which could be summarized: "Don't think that people only begin to have a relationship with God when and if they begin to converse about it formally. Remember, God has been in relationship with each person from the beginning of their lives and all along their journey."
Day Three Experiencing God's Mercy
We have been bumped along by life and so tired of our sins and all the other tasteless things we bottle up and carry along with us… Isaiah names our situation when he says we have been “robbed and plundered (…) trapped in holes and prisons.” (Is 42: 22) We find our whole selves thirsting for true, unpolluted refreshment. But the wondrous thing is that God thirsts for us more than we for His Mercy.
Day Four Our Lady: Prayers and Meditations
I often think of Mary at the moment when the angel appeared to her to announce God’s tidings of great joy: the amazing message that she was blessed by the Lord and chosen to be the mother of the Messiah. Imagine a young woman of teenage years trying to process that information. The Awaited of Ages was to be her son! She who had humbly chosen to be a virgin, she who had consecrated herself completely to the Lord as a poor handmaid was suddenly shifted out of her life’s plans into the salvific worldview of God.
Day Five Families and God
As we mature, life shows us the beauty—and teaches us the importance—of family. Yet we know that there are realities, within and without the family, that can threaten this good that God wants for us. Let us allow the Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts this day and lay out for God's care and blessing all that we struggle with concerning our family. God knows what to do with our concerns and will help us grow strong in the places where we need healing.
Day Six Finding Wonder in Everyday Life
I was genuinely surprised recently when someone told me that one of the biggest things he struggles with in life is boredom. Later I began reflecting on that. I live in a convent, on a relatively quiet piece of property in a suburban area of Boston. My life is a good mix of prayer, work, time with the community, as well as personal time. I get up early every morning and retire at a reasonable hour every evening. From the outside looking in, one might be tempted to say, “what a dull, monotonous and boring life.” I laugh as I write it, because every day is filled with the unexpected and with wonder!
Day Seven Discover Hope
It’s so easy to get caught up in our day-to-day affairs that we can forget that we’re headed for eternal life. When we’re faced with decisions, what would happen if we started to look at them in light of our eternal destiny?
Day Eight Serenity in Your Life
When we focus on the obstacles in our lives, we get caught up in negative thoughts, in worrying, in only seeing what’s missing in our lives. Instead, serenity is very much about focusing our interior gaze on what’s most important and lasting in our lives—namely, our relationship with God.
Day Nine Wisdom of the Saints
Sometimes we may question, “Where is God?” “What is God doing?”
Jesus gives us hints on how God acts within our world: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when it is full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches” (Mt. 13:31-32).
Day Ten Reaching Out to the Poor and Vulnerable
Conversion is a journey, not a destination. We can seek conversion, but more often conversion can surprise us as an invitation to walk on a path that is uncomfortable. The Spirit works continually to transform us into Christ until, as St. Paul expressed, “it is no longer I who live, Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20). On our part, we are free to respond in trust.