First, keep in mind the purpose of a retreat. This is to be a time away from the ordinary activities that fill our days to pray and commune with God. It will be your hope to come away from your retreat renewed, purified, converted and to give yourself an opportunity for some spiritual growth. Remember to maintain silence as much as possible during your retreat. This will include no television, radio, Internet and talking on the phone. You want to spend your time talking and listening to God.
Then begin to plan your private retreat.
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Keep things simple. Pick your dates and place. Find dates that will work for you and your family. Remember this is to be time for you to be alone and in solitude and silence. The place you choose can be a hotel, vacation spot or even your own home. The length of your retreat can be a day, a weekend or a week.
Plan meals that will be are already prepared or just need to be reheated or that would be very simple to prepare.
Include some healthy snacks and drinks. Choose a theme or select some part of scripture you would like to meditate and reflect on or a spiritual book to use during your retreat.
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Another idea would be to select an audio or video of a good spiritual speaker to use as your "conferences" throughout the time of your retreat. Thomas Dubay, S.
Therese of Lisieux by Jean C. Murphy Here are some suggestions for spiritual reading: Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St. Pray the rosary, pray for your family, friends and needs of the world. If possible pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament at a nearby church or chapel.source site
Get outdoors, if possible, for a quiet walk and fresh air in some natural surroundings and enjoy God's creation. Take a nap. Remember this is a time to rest and renew. Keep a journal of any thoughts or insights you may have during your retreat. Get to Mass and confession during the time of your retreat.
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Translated and Edited by Francis J. They received from him a seven-day retreat in the late summer of This book contains the talks he gave to the nuns: they are inspiring, but also warm-hearted reflections, on questions of key interest to his audience. Along with his duties as educator in a prep school in Le Havre he spoke at important public occasions. He was chosen to give the sermon that marked the five hundredth anniversary of the death of St. Joan of Arc in the Cathedral of Rouen, the city where she was burned at the stake.
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Afterwards, when he became a Discalced Carmelite friar the cover photo shows him on the day he professed his vows , he continued to exercise a preaching ministry. We owe the full texts of those talks to the Carmelite Nuns of Pontoise , as well as helpful notes and an introduction, to Rev. Francis J. Book includes 8 photos. Terms and conditions apply. Contact Us FAQ support icspublications. My Account.
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