Hugs n’ blessings has been quiet for a little while.
On or about the start of Advent I knew I needed to pull away and enter into the silence of my heart.
Like a seed seeking to grow I needed time to plant myself in quiet soil to discover if God was calling me to bloom anew.
Has this ever happened to you?
I decided to detach from the noisy World in most social-media ways, immersed myself in prayer & contemplation, dove into journaling full-force, ate more carbs than I care to admit and allowed myself to be nurtured by
“Jesus, Son of the Father, you show me how you live by your Word. Let your lessons be bound to my heart.”
Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network
For the last 31 weeks I have been participating in an Online Retreat offered through Creighton University. Anyone may start the retreat at any time; however, it was developed for and encouraged to be made following the Liturgical Seasons. Which simply put means: an outlined calendar provides a guide for making the retreat according to a schedule that conforms to the Liturgical year!
In early September our Pastor, Fr. Larry Richards, encouraged parish members to consider making this retreat. I was intrigued, looked into the specifics, and then invited a few others to join me in signing up for the 34 week retreat.
I know I may have begun the Lenten Season with a low-grade sense of dis-courage-ment but, by God’s grace, I have entered the Easter Season with a felt joy in the experience of Jesus alive, and a new courage as he says to me, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20).
St. Ignatius invites those who have made decisions to follow Christ to experience the grace of Christ’s resurrection. We have considered the consequences of being faithful to being his companions. We have heard him telling the early companions that the world will hate them as it hates him.
We have been invited to be in the world but not of it.
He has prayed that we not be taken from the world but be a blessing within and about the world.
And He has given us His mother as the most beautiful reminder of how to courageously achieve this.