Priests on Retreat
From Sunday, the priests of the Diocese of Bathurst will gather together at the St. Clement's Retreat Centre in Galong - run by the Redemptorists - for their annual Retreat; and they ask for your prayers during this time.
A retreat is a personal encounter with God through a balance of prayer, reflection, silence, solitude, engagement with the natural surroundings and grace. It is a sacred time which brings renewal, refreshment and nourishment for body, mind and spirit. For centuries, the Christian tradition has understood a retreat to be an important part of the spiritual life. Time, consciously set aside in a quiet place, where all our senses are open and ready to listen to God.
Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel”, is keenly aware of the deep need to find space and time in our lives for renewal and healing. “I am aware that we need to create spaces where pastoral workers can be helped and healed, places where faith itself in the crucified and risen Jesus is renewed, where the most profound questions and daily concerns are shared, where deeper discernment about our experiences and life itself is undertaken in the light of the gospel, for the purpose of directing individual and social decisions toward the good and beautiful.” (77)
A retreat is about perspective: to stop, listen, reflect, pray, and share, so that even though people return to the same situations, circumstances, roles, responsibilities and relationships that were left behind, they do so having changed inside.
Our pastors do so much for us on a daily basis, please keep them in your prayer during this coming week, that God will bless them all with a fruitful retreat.