Saturday, April 10, 2010

Wonderful Retreat!

Thursday April 1 - Saturday, April 3, 2010:

To accompany Our Lord during these most sacred moments of our liturgical year, our postulant community went on retreat to Il Ritiro Franciscan retreat center ( in Dittmer, Missouri. The retreat grounds were very beautiful and serene. It was such a grace-filled opportunity to spend time with Jesus, experience His Love for us, and show our love for Him. We began our silent retreat after dinner and thereafter went to one of the local parishes for Holy Thursday Mass. On Friday, Sr. Rebecca set up a cross in a prominent place in our living room to help us venerate Our Lord - a tradition that is practiced in our community. Throughout the day, we had the opportunity to kiss the cross, bow, kneel, or say a prayer as a sign of our desire to be with Jesus on this most holy day of fasting and penance. On Friday afternoon, we left for St. Louis Abbey ( for the Good Friday service which was solemnly celebrated by the monks. Afterwards, we prayed Stations of the Cross together at our retreat house in the evening. Our retreat concluded on Saturday morning as we waited for Our Lord's resurrection with recollection and thanksgiving. Thank you Lord for calling us to spend time with you!

P.S. How did you prepare for Easter this year?

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