Members’ Lenten Retreat: Week 1

Written by Ann Burns

February 28, 2023

When the Villains are Beautiful

In order to know ourselves, we must first know God.  We were made by God and for God.  

And the more we seek God, the more we will come to truly know ourselves. 

Cultivating the Presence of God 

In the words of St. Teresa of Avila…

“To know that she has no need to raise herself to Heaven in order to converse with her Divine Father and to find Her delight in Him, or to raise her voice in order to be heard by Him. 

He is so near us that He hears the least movement of our lips, even the most secret and internal expression of our thoughts.  

We have no need of wings to pursue our search after Him; let us place ourselves in solitude and look into ourselves, there it is that He dwells.”

As we start off our Lenten Retreat, here are some things to consider:


  1. Am I in the state of grace? “Grace is favor, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and eternal life. Grace is a participation in the life of God.” (CCC #1996-1997). 
  2. When was the last time I went to confession and when is the next time I can go?
  3. What does my prayer life look like? 
  4. Do I think of God throughout the day, or do I forget Him as I go about life? 
  5. Am I more concerned with the fleeting things of this world or the eternal things of God?
  6. What is one thing in my life keeping me from growing closer to God?


Challenge for the week:

Carry a holy card or image of Our Lord or keep one at your desk, or an area you frequent.  Throughout the day look upon the image as you would your beloved and remind yourself, right now, you are in the presence of God. Reflect on that prayerfully for a couple minutes. 

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