Holy Thursday retreat: Silence of stones
Welcome to our online Holy Week retreat this year!
It’s our 8th “Pins of Light” Holy Week retreat!
For those of you who have joined us before,
We hope the Lord will use this retreat
to touch you and give you something you need!
For the newcomers, a warm welcome to you!
as you join our online community of retreatants!
We’re glad you found us!
If you’re here, you must be looking for something this Lent.
But also: God must be looking for you, too.
Here’s hoping that aside from what you’re looking for,
you will find what God wants to offer you this Holy Week.
(We've also published our online retreat for Good Friday, with the theme "Absence of Angels." To try this, click this link.)
During his address at the Mall of Asia Arena last January 16,
Pope Francis offered the following words:
“Rest is so necessary
for the health of our minds and bodies,
and often so difficult to achieve
due to many demands placed upon us.”
And then he adds:
This online retreat is an opportunity to rest your soul
and to hear what God has to say to you.
The best thing about this online retreat
is that you can do this retreat any time during the day –
and at any pace you choose.
Just carve out some quiet time
and take your time:
Resist the temptation to speed-read
or race through the text.
Remember: Sometimes more important than the destination,
is the journey – and journeys take time
and they require rests.
It would be ideal if you could set aside about an hour
of uninterrupted quality time each day
(if possible, no phone calls,
no text messages, no Facebook, no Twitter).
This is your time for God and for yourself –
a rare luxury given our busy and frantic lives.
Be generous with God, and
don’t shortchange yourself.
We will need to carve out some quiet time for this retreat,
but these next 3 days will not be about "leaving it all behind."
Instead as we pray over the stories and mysteries of Lent,
we are also invited to read and pray over the stories and mysteries
of our own lives.
Before you began this retreat
you were asked to identify the seasons in your life,
not just outside but also inside.
That's the place where this retreat begins.