I find this weekend’s Gospel story of the feeding of the five thousand really heartening, when it isn’t clear how I can be of use to God in my everyday dealings. Being reminded that the young boy was simply ready to give what he had, is helpful. God received it and used it to do something amazing.
I think God is probably really chuffed when we avail ourselves to be used by Him in our surroundings. He is probably even more chuffed when we have a heart to be changed and transformed by Him, in order that we might better reflect Him in our daily encounters.
Today we remember the Grandparents among us who generously drench their Grandchildren in Godly love and shower them with the goodness of life.
Just like the rose plant needs to recoup in winter in order to flourish in the spring and summer months, a time of replenishment can be what is needed in order to flourish in the place where God has planted us. The coming Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life, offers an opportunity for you to soak, be refreshed, deepen your relationship with God, offer yourself, that God might give you what you need to be used by Him in your surroundings.
Here are some feedback comments from those who have done other Ignatian retreats in our parish: “This was a very welcome oasis in the busy-ness of daily life. I have learned a way of praying that is meaningful and has brought me closer to God“; “The retreat has been a wonderful chance to deepen my faith. I have loved sharing with others and hearing their stories, but it’s been good to have set times of prayer, and it has helped me to be more disciplined about getting to it – my prayer time”; “I found that the retreat material was very pertinent. It was challenging for me and helped to make my Christian walk more concrete. The weekly meetings were also very helpful”.
This coming retreat is different again in focus, to those delivered before. You can sign up on the clipboard at the back of the Church or contact Kirsten Challies in the parish office.