Weekend Silent Preached Retreat for Men and Women
December 7 - 9, 2018
Theme: “Life’s Necessary Losses ~ Grieving Soulfully ~
Opening to Transformation”
Arrive 4:00 p.m. Friday, Orientation at 5:00 p.m. followed by
evening meal at 5:30 p.m.—Depart after noon meal on Sunday
Presenter: Mrs. Jennifer Christ
We have all experienced loss in our lives, whether through death, diminishment of health, broken relationships, moving away, financial strain, and/or aging. Perhaps at a deeper level, we feel we have lost our connection with God.
Loss is a necessity on the divine/human journey. Without it we cannot experience transformation. Jesus told us, "Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy .... So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you." [John 16: 20. 22]
How do we navigate the rough water of loss? How do we hang on, stay steady, walk across the unknown seas held up by our trust in God? How do we find the riches hidden in our losses that lead us back to God? Our daily life is a holy life and as disciples of Jesus Christ we are required to take up our cross daily and follow Him. Most especially during times of loss, when all our human resources come up short, we are called yet again to newness, transformation, and a deeper living in His footsteps.
" ... unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit." [John 12:24] On this retreat we will examine the human and necessary experience of loss. How do we survive it and open ourselves to the transformation it offers? How do we do our grief work soulfully? How do we live the
Paschal Mystery of Jesus in our everyday lives?