Silence The Icon Of God’s Mystery

Men’s October Silent Retreat – October 18-20, 2019   7:30 PM Friday- 1:00 PM Sunday

“God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night.”  Rainer Marie Rilke

Fr. Daniel Manger, OSB Cam. will be returning to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in October to lead the October Men’s Silent Retreat. His theme for this year’s retreat will be: Silence: The Icon Of God’s Mystery. This retreat will focus on God’s language of silence that accompanies us throughout our spiritual sojourn. Silence is God’s poetry and wisdom. We will explore the means we have ‘hear with all our being’ the divine presence that is addressing our indigenous capacities to hear and be transformed by the Sophia of God, Christ the eternal Word.

Conference 1:  Walking Within Silence
As the monk Thomas Merton wrote: “If we enter into ourselves, we find our true self, and then pass ‘beyond the inner “I,” we sail forth’ into the immense darkness in which we confront the ‘I AM’ of the Almighty.” Fr. Daniel will speak about this in terms of the desolations of our conscious experience as disciples.

Conference 2:  Amputation & Ambiguity: Fear of Self -Sacrifice
“And one of them struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. But at this Jesus said, ‘That is enough.’ And touching the man’s ear he healed him.”(Lk. 22:50) Fr. Daniel will develop the concept amputations and ambiguity that emerge in our ego, and of ‘discretional approaches’ toward fear and self image. As Carl Jung wrote: “Fear of self-sacrifice lurks deep in every ego.”

Conference 3:  Developmental Experience of Integrity Before God
Integrity is a word in spiritual development that is rooted in the Old Testament and New Testament as the attribute of God that we being created in the image of God are called to emulate. What distinguishes this in our striving, searching narrative to identify our spiritual journey in God’s service?

Conference 4:  Every Breath You Take
‘Not where I breathe do I live but where I love.’ (Fr. George Maloney, S.J.) Considerable time in meditation is taken up in breathing in and breathing out, as one passes the time with God.  When born we look for the first breath a baby will breathe, and when we die we await the last breath and the letting go . Such is the organic repeating of a life process we share with all creatures and one another. It is for prayer a great reminder that the depth of living is a gift in all the actions and development of life. Fr. Daniel will explore the relationship of breath to prayer.

Space is limited on this retreat, so please register today!
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Why Retreat? 2019

Things our retreatants say:

  • The liturgies were inspirational and the homilies added more meaning. I’m so impressed by how down-to-earth Father Jim and Brother Bob are as they relate to us
  • The time here has been healing. Truly my spirit gives thanks to our God for this time
  • The retreat conferences were excellent. So much food for thought and nourishment for the soul. Lots to take into prayer and on my daily faith walk.
  • The blend of scheduled time to free time is just right. It allows me to reflect, refresh and recharge my soul to put a little bounce in my step!

Registration Information

A non-refundable registration fee of $30.00 per person is required and must be received in order to reserve a room. Suggested offering for our weekend and mid-week retreats is $160 (includes programs, meals and private room with shared shower/toilet.

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General Information

Our Men’s Retreats provide an opportunity for men to gather together to focus on their spiritual lives. Men have been a strong presence at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center from the beginning. Men continue to be bring their solid faith, love of the Church and faithfulness to the Gospel message to the retreats they attend here.

The Conventual Friars of Our Lady of Consolation Province are your hosts at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center. The peace and natural beauty of our facility nestled in sixty acres of woods, prairie grass and a pond beckons you from the cares of daily life to a place of quiet reflection.

Our Retreat House and Spirituality Center offers:

  • Beautiful Chapel
  • Library
  • Conference room
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  • Spiritual Direction
  • Confession
  • Four Conferences
  • Home cooked meals

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