Can I identify the hunger and thirst in my life that can be satisfied only by God? And, can I discover, too, the many ways that I try to fill those hungers and thirst with things that do not really satisfy them? These are some of the questions that I bring as I start a retreat, and my hope is that IÂ discover at an even deeper level God’s goodness toward me. Â
Those were the questions posed by our retreat leader,Â Fr. Tom Shanahan, as weÂ recently began a four-dayÂ spiritualÂ retreat held at the St. Benedict Retreat Center in Schuyler, Nebraska. Fr. Shanahan is a Jesuit priest from Creighton University andÂ structuredÂ the retreat based on theÂ SpiritualÂ Exercises of St. Ignatius (read more here).
During our retreat, we spent many hours rummaging around our graced life histories and offered thanks andÂ gratitudeÂ for God’s constant care. We dove into Scripture and allowed His sacred Word to speak to us in new ways. We shared keen insights to the questions posed above with our fellow retreatants.Â Our time away was very fruitful.
In Fr. Shanahan’s words, “A retreat is an opportunity to undertake a journey leading us into that mostÂ specialÂ place in our life — our interiors. The interior journey, or the journey to discover our mostÂ intimateÂ self, is indeed aÂ privilegedÂ event.”
Questions:Â Have you ever gone on a spiritual retreat? If so, how have you been able to hold onto the epiphanies you discovered? Or have they slipped away? Click here to leave a comment.
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