Organizing a Retreat that will Recharge the Soul. In Isaiah 26:3 it reads “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in you.” To keep your faith strong, it’s important that your mind stays on Jesus and one of the best ways to do that is to de-stress. Breaking away with fellow parishioners to spend some time away from distraction and focused on God is a sure way to reconnect with each other and with God. By the grace of God, Catholic retreats are becoming far more prevalent, allowing clergy and parishioners to recharge the Soul.
Nothing like the sound of rushing water
Jesus is often referred to as the spring of living water, and few places allow parishioners to reconnect than next to a body of water. Some retreats provide ample space for large groups while still allowing individuals to refocus and rest. A peaceful retreat is the ideal setting to prepare sermons and pray in fellowship while enjoying the natural beauty of the surroundings. The weekly retreats at the center take place in seven languages and run every week of the year.
The Peace of the wild
The psalmist understood the peace mountains bring when he wrote in Psalm 121:1-2 “I lift my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from?”. Parishioners who have the pleasure of residing in a cabin on the slopes of a mountain have the pleasure of communing with God whilst enjoying some natural inspiration. The mountains remind us of our strength in faith, even just having the faith of a mustard seed to command that mountain to throw itself into the sea. A retreat in the mountains also allows the congregation and clergy to clear their minds and reestablish themselves in the correct teachings and dogma.
The opportunity to fellowship with other Parishes
Those who practice the Catholic faith often feel alone and isolated in a world that is constantly looking to other sources for their inspiration and guidance. A retreat offers the opportunity to connect with others who are like-minded and share the faith and who may be able to offer insight into specific faith stumbling blocks. It also reminds parishioners that they’re not alone in their journey, which means they’re better equipped to face what life has to throw at them.
Retreats offer parishioners an opportunity to rediscover themselves within their faith and strengthen their relationship with God. It also encourages fellowship and brings people together to uplift, edify, and encourage.