The Benefits of a Retreat

The Benefits of a Retreat

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The Church invites each and every Catholic to go on a retreat at least once a year.

This year I did my retreat during Lent.

I would usually do my retreat during Advent in anticipation for Christmas but this year I decided to change it up a bit.

It really doesn’t matter the Liturgical season that you do your retreat. Just that you do one!

But doing a retreat during one of the Penitential seasons is always a wonderful preparation for the Festive season of either Easter or Christmas.

But the real question is :

 

Why would anyone want to do a retreat in the first place.

 

Well I don’t know about you, but if you’ve ever been on a silent retreat you know what peace and tranquility a retreat can give.

Personally I think it is a real act of love to put your life on hold for three to five days to just be with Lord.

I once heard a friend tell me that she has to prepare and organize things for her family whenever she is getting ready to go on a retreat.

And when you’re on your retreat everything at home seems to go smoothly;

no problems,

few calls,

it’s almost like you were at home!

So you have to wonder what happens when you’re not on retreat!

Everything about attending a retreat is very meaningful.

From the preparation to the choice of talks and meditations.

 

I have been attending silent retreats for a very long time now.

I can’t recall my first retreat – how old I was – or where it was held.

But I do have a recollection of a retreat I did at a monastery in Illinois.

On Retreat with Sisters

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It was my third year of college.

The Brothers of St. John ran the Chaplain on Bradley University’s campus at the time and

they offered a silent retreat for women and men at their priory of  The Community of St. John in Princeville, Illinois.

I must say it was a rough time in my faith journey.

And the invitation could not have come at a better time.

This is something that I have always realized about retreats.

They always seem to come just when you need them.

Retreats that are arranged around the community life of a specific religious order of contemplative nuns is probably the most profound retreat one can ever attend.

Dare I say that every young Catholic should attend a retreat at a Religious Community.

I remember having to follow a very strict plan of life.

For the four days on retreat we prayed,

had what I called a Theology class,

received the sacraments and

spent many hours in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Each day I remember having a chat with one of the nuns.

It was either during “recreation” or our walks.

The disadvantage to such a retreat is that the temptation of wanting to escape to that kind of life is very strong.

One gets to be away from all the troubles and cares of the world and gets to just commune with nature and with God.

I remember my last chat was with the Mother Superior.

Her words to me are what I take with me into a every retreat now.

“Don’t use a retreat as a means of escape. Use a retreat as a way to build you up for your duties in your life!”

 

What do You Take With Your From a Retreat

Well when you leave a retreat you take with you a sense of peace.

You’ve had an great opportunity to really converse with God without interruption.

You’ve had a chance to talk to him about things going on in your life.

You’ve been able to make plans that will help to live your life better.

You’ve probably received inspirations of solutions to challenges in the home, or at work.

You’ve rested!

You’ve rested!

You’ve rested!

Sometimes I feel like when I go on retreat I went to the hospital of life.

I got a good check up!

Everything that needed cleaning got cleaning.

I’ve received all the advice and guidance I need and now I’m ready to take on the world again!

 

Going on a retreat is one of the most beneficial things I do every year.

It has come to the point where I want to go on a retreat twice a year!

Maybe this year will be the year I start!

When will you be attending your retreat this year?

Find a Retreat near you. 

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Hilary De Freitas

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Hilary De Freitas is a wife, mother, engineer and marketer. She is dedicated to helping people build better businesses using the information available to them. Apart from helping people build businesses she runs her own Knights Consulting business as well as being a network marketer. Hilary has been on a faith journey that guided her along her professional life. She shares what she had learned in her faith and how she uses it in her everyday life.

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Hilary De Freitas is a wife, mother, engineer and marketer. She is dedicated to helping people build better businesses using the information available to them. Apart from helping people build businesses she runs her own Knights Consulting business as well as being a network marketer. Hilary has been on a faith journey that guided her along her professional life. She shares what she had learned in her faith and how she uses it in her everyday life.

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2 Comments

  • Ruthanne

    Reply Reply November 30, -0001

    I’ll be cooking for one retreat, and enjoying another, both in the summer months. 🙂

    • Hilary

      Reply Reply November 30, -0001

      That is great! I did a retreat in the winter. Was quite challenging. And somehow the food is always amazing on retreats!

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