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Take Nothing for the Journey? Packing for the Year Ahead
Here we are, just a few days into a new year. The heady time of resolution-making has passed, but 2021 still stretches out ahead of us like an open road. The coronavirus crisis taught us all just how unknown the future may be. What do we need to bring with us? What should we leave behind? On this retreat we will pray with stories from Scripture, literature, and life. Together we will ponder what attitudes, relationships, dreams, commitments, and even possessions we want to carry with us into the new year, so that we may travel lightly, responsive to God’s call.
“Take Nothing for the Journey?” also will be offered to Ignatian Volunteer Corps‘ Service Corps Members nationwide, with a choice of date/time: January 25 or 26 from 10 a.m. – noon or 2 – 4 p.m. EASTERN.
LENT (AND PRE-LENT) RETREATS:
Live the Lent You Get
What are you doing for Lent this year? So often, our Ash Wednesday resolutions crumble as life presents unexpected challenges over the following six weeks–which is why the Lent we get is often harder than the Lent we choose. On this retreat, we will consider a new approach: allowing life to become its own Lenten discipline.
Thursday, February 4, 7:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Parish Walking with Purpose, Annapolis MD
NOTE: This in-person event will be live-streamed and available afterwards; stay tuned for link.
Saturday, February 13, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart Associates
Ash Wednesday, February 17, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
RENEW International Staff Retreat via ZOOM
Tuesday, February 23, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. EASTERN
St. Placid Priory, Lacey WA via ZOOM
Cost: $25. Follow link above to register.
Friday, March 19, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Georgian Court University via ZOOM
During the coronavirus era, I’ve begun offering retreats via Zoom through St. Placid Priory in Lacey, WA, and the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth in Wernersville, PA. I would be delighted to host a Zoom retreat for your parish or other group as well. Here’s a list of current topics as well as a brief promotional video.
- Take Nothing for the Journey? Packing for the Unknown
- Does Everything Happen for a Reason?
- Finding God in Ordinary (and Not-So-Ordinary) Time
- Empty My Hands: An Advent Retreat
- Live the Lent You Get
Dramatic Interpretations of Women in Scripture
Scripture gives us the bare bones of stories, but through Ignatian prayer we can encounter God more deeply by immersing ourselves imaginatively in the text. I have written four monologues–the fruit of such prayer–from the perspective of various Gospel women whose lives were changed by an encounter with Jesus. Drawing on my theater background (God wastes nothing!) I have performed these monologues in retreat houses, church halls, living rooms and classrooms. In the process, participants gain insight into the working of God in their own lives.
- Martha (Luke 10:38-42)
How does our desire to do things “well” keep us from seeing what God is really asking of us? (Available via Zoom as well as live!)
- The Samaritan Woman at the Well (John 4:4-42)
What would it be like to see our complicated lives through the compassionate eyes of Jesus?
- The Woman with a Hemorrhage (Mark 5:25-34)
When life has cast us down, how do we find the courage to reach out for healing–again?
- The Woman Caught in Adultery (John 8:1-11)
When we find ourselves far from our best selves, how does God invite us back?
A sample gathering might include:
- Unpacking the Scripture together
- Dramatic monologue
- Quiet time for personal reflection
- Sharing of participants’ insights
The time frame is adaptable–anywhere from a 50-minute class to a 90-minute mini-retreat or a morning/afternoon/evening segment of a full retreat.
Advent and Lent
I offer seasonal days of recollection in a format that suits your group: full day; half day (morning or afternoon), or evening.
Navigating the waters of grief, making sense of tragedy, practicing gratitude, gardening our way to spiritual growth, and–of course–Finding God in Ordinary Time . . . these are just some of the passions I’m delighted to share in talks that are engaging, insightful, and even a touch humorous. Anything that appeals to you from my blog is fair game!
CLICK HERE for a list of past appearances that gives a sense of possible topics.
In the summer of 2020 I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by Mary Fran Bontempo and Kristin Smedley, founders of Brilliantly Resilient, about my leap of faith into becoming a “freelance me.”
And in the spring of 2019 I had the good fortune of being a guest on two different shows on RVN TV. Each interview is just under half an hour. Enjoy!
Use the contact form below if you’d like more information or to arrange a talk or retreat at a mutually convenient time.