Practicing Personal Retreat

Practicing Personal Retreat

While on Retreat. Take time to notice your life rhythms and how they are working for you these days. Reflect upon your sacred rhythms, inviting God to guide you.

  • What are your sacred rhythms these days? How is God meeting you there? How are you arranging your life around your desires?
  • Where do you sense God inviting you to greater freedom in your life? What longings are stirring in you?
  • What is most life-giving for you right now? Envision yourself as you live more fully into this.
  • What limitations are challenging you in this season of life? How can you be more compassionate to yourself in the midst of this?
  • How is God inviting you to stretch and grow? How can you order your life more intentionally to cooperate with God there?
  • In what ways is God calling you to reclaim, recommit or recalibrate your sacred rhythms for God’s purposes in your soul?

(From Invitation to Retreat: The Gift and Necessity of Time Away with God. by Ruth Haley Barton.)

Retreat & Meditation On-line Resources

Retreat & Meditation On-line Resources

Personal Retreat: Seek the Lord

Personal Retreat: Seek the Lord

Check out these personal opportunities for retreat in the greater Chicago area.

  1. Tau Center, Wheaton.
  2. The Portiuncula, Frankfurt.
  3. Shrine of St. Therese of Lisieux, Darien.
  4. Healing Gardens, St. Charles.
  5. Our Lady of the Angels, House of Prayer, Lemont.
  6. Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House, Barrington.
  7. La Salle Manor Retreat Center, Plano.
  8. Christ in the Wilderness, Stockton, IL.
  9. Siena Retreat Center, Racine, WI.
  10. Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, Fon du Lac, WI.
  11. Benet Lake Retreat Center, Benet Lake, WI.
  12. Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, Kankakee, IL.

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself,

and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.

And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing.

I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore, will I trust you always

though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.

I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

–Thomas Merton


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