Our 2019 Retreat Theme: Rejoice and Be Glad: Our Call to Holiness in Today’s World
What is holiness? Is holiness unattainable for the majority of us? How do we reconcile our call “…to be holy and blameless before God in love,” (Eph. 1:4) with the woundedness of our human condition? How do I witness to my call to holiness without appearing to be drawing attention to myself? (Think of the Pharisee in the parable of the Pharisee
and the Publican, Luke 18:9-14.) What are some of the challenges we face on our path to holiness?
Our 2019 Retreat Theme: Rejoice and Be Glad: Our Call to Holiness in Today’s World, will explore some of the
key ideas that Pope Francis discusses in his Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudate et Exsultate.
What is holiness? What are the attitudes or dispositions that keep us from living out our call to holiness? How do we find, know and trust God’s grace which surrounds us? How do we distinguish the movements of the Almighty in our lives from those inclinations that do not come from God? Do the Beatitudes offer us a fresh insight into our call to holiness, a call that is lived out in the ordinary and extraordinary moments of our daily lives? Finally, we pose the same question that St. Francis of Assisi posed to God after his conversion, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” Overall, we hope to examine our call to holiness in a “practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities.”
The four retreat conferences will be: 1: Holiness: Always, Already Here; 2: Finding, Knowing and Trusting God’s Grace; 3: The Beatitudes: Our Christian Identity Card and 4: “Lord, what do you want me to do?”
Retreatants may like to read the Apostolic Exhortation prior to the retreat – you may download it from the internet for free; just
type: Gaudate et Exsultate, into your web browser and you will find several sites where you may download a pdf version of the
1. Holiness: Always, Already Here
2. Finding, Knowing and Trusting God’s Grace
3. The Beatitudes: Our Christian Identity Card
4. “Lord, what do you want me to do?”