July 22, 2018
Retreats: I am going on retreat this week. Retreats are wonderful part of our Catholic tradition. Retreats allow us to take a few days away to pray, reflect on life and focus on God. In today’s Gospel, Jesus even invites his disciples, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” Retreats are considered so important by the Church that they are mandatory for priests and religious.
For me personally, retreats have been an essential part of my spiritual journey. They have allowed me to go beyond maintenance of my relationship with God, to real growth. Often issues that have been lingering under the surface are revealed and God shows me the way forward. At other times roadblocks in prayer are removed. I cannot say that every retreat has marked a milestone in my relationship with God. However, retreats over the years have been an essential part of growing in my relationship with God. I personally like silent retreats, but I respect how different types of retreats can touch many different people.
So I encourage you to consider going on a retreat whether that is for a weekend or a few days. The Spiritual Life Center has a variety of retreats. Check it out at www.slcwichita.org . Finally, I ask for your prayers this week while I am on retreat. I will be back next weekend.
Thank you to Be Our Guest ministry for buying a new and larger commercial refrigerator for the kitchen. Our old refrigerator was on its last leg and was over 25 years old. So a new refrigerator was the only sensible option. Hopefully, this new refrigerator will last as long as the old one. This gift from Be Our Guest is most appreciated and will be heavily used.