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Ignatian Silent Retreat registration is open; focus on love and service
In all things, to love and to serve: that is the grace for which St. Ignatius of Loyola urges people to pray in the Contemplation to Attain Love, near the end of the long retreat known as the Spiritual Exercises.
It is one of the best-known mottos of the religious order of the Jesuits, embodying the hope of St. Ignatius that all who follow in his spiritual path will grow in love of God and seek to express that love in service in the course of all the ordinary activities of our lives.
“To love and to serve” is also a wonderfully succinct description of what Pope Francis has sought to bring to our minds and hearts during this, the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
The Works of Mercy, after all, are not devotions to be practiced for a year and then put aside. To the contrary, the activities of the Jubilee Year have been what might be call eda “priming of the pump,” readying people to become fonts of mercy for the rest of their lives: at all times, in all places, in all circumstances.
That is exactly the theme of this year’s Ignatian Silent Retreat (Oct. 28-30, at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson). The Retreat Director, Father Edward Quinnan, S.J., is a Northeast Province Jesuit, with much experience in spiritual direction and retreat direction. He will help those attending the retreat to reflect on mercy, freely received and freely given: the heart of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
As always, there will be ample opportunity in the silence to listen to what God wishes to speak in each individual heart. The Lord will help us to remember what God has done in our lives and guide us to better know, love and follow him in all things, in all persons.
All are welcome to this unique and life-changing retreat, whether you come with long experience in the Spiritual Exercises or have never encountered them at all. It will be the Holy Spirit who will guide us: building on the graces of the Jubilee Year and setting a course for the rest of our lives.
For information, write or call Ann Dickson: firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 378-2486 (Sierra Vista), or contact Deacon Paul Duckro at Ss. Peter & Paul Parish, (520) 327-6015, extension 8.