Eucharistic Spirituality Preached Retreat
This is not a silent retreat.
November 30 - December 2, 2018
Theme: “Food for the Journey”
Presenter: Fr. James White, C.Ss.R.
In the Gospel of Matthew 15:32, Jesus is moved with love and compassion for the crowd who had been with Him for days without little to eat. He does not want to send them away with no food. He is concerned about them collapsing as they return to their homes. Many of them lived at great distance. The Gospels relate that Jesus is never indifferent to the needs of people. As in the first miracle of loaves and fishes, the disciples express doubt about feeding such a large crowd. Jesus took the seven loaves and the few fish and multiplied them, and gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. He did not only give them enough, but gave from the abundance of His love, resulting in seven baskets of loaves left over.
It is out of His love, compassion and mercy that Jesus gives us His Word, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity to nurture us on our journey through life. It is a journey of joys and sorrows, strengths and weaknesses, grace and sinfulness, healing and transformation for our wounded, broken hearts. In life’s journey, He knows how easy it is for human beings to give up and fall away in despair and despondency. Jesus reminds us, “I am always with you. I am with you in the moments of radiant light as well as in the darkest moments of your life.” There is nothing greater than the Holy Eucharist in which He gives us His very Self in the Living Bread and Saving Cup. Jesus says in the Gospel of John: “My flesh is real food; my blood is real drink.” By His Real Presence, whom we receive and adore, He scatters the darkness within and around us. He is with us to heal and strengthen our hearts.
The retreat will consist of presentations, daily Eucharist, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.