CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A ZOOM RETREAT!
*If you do not receive the Zoom Links within 2 days of the Retreat please contact the office.
St. Andrew's Abbey Retreat Office
*Office hours are from 8:30am-5:00pm (closed for mass and lunch 11:45am-1:30pm)
Holy Week Retreat – Living Through Suffering
Monday, March 29-Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Scheduled session times 9:00am-11:30am Monday-Wednesday
This retreat consists of three consecutive morning ZOOM sessions, held from 9:00 am - 11:30 am, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week. Using the events of the last few days of Christ’s life as the outline, these sessions will examine Christ’s betrayal, suffering, and death.
The retreat master will begin each session with a short reflection and participants will be released with a contemplative activity designed to facilitate a creative space for the Holy Spirit to direct each participant. Quiet activities will be completed as a group with open Zoom windows and sacred music playing during the quiet. The group will regather with discussion to share their discoveries. This time of sharing will allow us to be connected although separated.
The exercises seek to inform our own struggles in difficult relationships, unstable health, confusing times of uncertainty, and the search for that elusive thing called hope
All suffering finds its redemption in Christ’s suffering. As we watch God take something terrible, like Christ’s betrayal, torture, and crucifixion, and bring something good from it, we are reminded that He is able to bring something good out of our sufferings too. And through this we find hope and freedom from the despairing that our struggles are meaningless.
The events of Holy Week remind us that our lives are really about Eternity. So often we get caught up in the here-and-now, that we forget that this life is really all about the next. The issues and struggles we have now, are all catalysts for internal work, preparing us for Eternity.
The first session, held on Monday, will focus on Maundy Thursday. This day calls us to “watchfulness” as we journey through confusing events.
The second session, held on Tuesday, will look at Good Friday. Christ’s obedience and submission give us an example to follow.
And finally, on Wednesday, we will explore, Holy Saturday. In this day of imposed rest, we learn to live in the tension of anxiety and trust.
The sessions will act as a primer for these Holy Days as they approach later in the week.
Although a Zoom retreat is not perfect, it still gives us the opportunity to seek God’s comfort and direction during changing times. Join us for this unique opportunity to take in the lessons of Holy Week.
Lisa Marion is an oblate of Valyermo and Spiritual Director in Orange County. An energetic leader she has over 30 years of pastoral experience ministering to people of all ages and stages of life. Leading numerous events both locally and nationally, she conveys her awareness of God and his love with a subtle yet honest sense of humor. Having experienced many seasons of trial and suffering, Lisa is well equipped to journey with others through their own trials and seasons of struggle. Her attunement to the Holy Spirit makes her uniquely gifted for this ministry.
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