There's nothing like handing down great information received from a retreat. This past weekend I spent the day at the Bethany Retreat of the Nashville Dominicans in Dickson, TN . They hosted a retreat for past alumnae of St. Cecilia Academy . It was wonderful to share a day of faith with those I went to High School with and those younger and older. We shared memories and changes and just enjoyed the time with the sisters in their incredible, new Retreat House. We went to Mass, had time for Reconciliation and meditation, listened to conferences by Sr. Mary Angela, shared breakfast and lunch (all homemade by the Sisters, yum) and prayed the rosary together before returning to the reality of our homes. The snow fell the entire day. It was beautiful needless to say.
Many great reflections were shared over the course of the day about spending time with God and having a personal relationship with Him, the importance of our faith informing our lives, being reflected in our actions and in our homes. The stories were shared from Scripture of Jesus with the woman at the well and with the blind man and many others whom Jesus met face to face. Ya see, "Jesus wants us one on One". He wants us to come to Him face to face and to share our days and our nights, our fears and our joys, our good times and our bad times. He wants us to "look Him in the eyes" and to speak to Him. He stands at the door and knocks, but we notice there is no door knob. That door needs to be opened by us, from the inside. "He will not force Himself on us. He has devised a way to be with us in the Eucharist and as Catholics most of us have the opportunity to receive Him daily. He comes to us if we say yes and we are in communion with Him." One on One, with the only One who will never forsake us.
The very first assignment of the day was to read the Sermon on the Mount, Matt. 5 and for some reason I found a small bedroom, sat in the rocker with the cozy blanket I found in a closet and began to read Mark 5, the healing of the demonic. I take most things as Godincidence and quickly found this line from Jesus speaking directly to ME, "Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in His pity has done for you." And His words after curing the daughter with the hemmorage in the same chapter, "Go in peace and be cured of your affliction. Do not be afraid just have faith."
One on One. He gives me all I need.