A retreat is a personal encounter with God through a balance of communal prayer, inspirational talks, silence and solitude, natural beauty and sacramental grace. This sacred time brings renewal for your body, mind and spirit.
Why is making a retreat important?
"Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." Mark 6:31
Even if these words of Jesus were spoken directly to us today, many of us would have a myriad of reasons of why we could not get away. We are overcommitted in many areas of our life and can’t imagine taking a few days to make a retreat. However, if you are honest with yourself, you know that you could make the time.
In the simplicity of the retreat experience, we connect with our true self. For people of faith, this time is not a luxury, it is a necessity.
Weekend retreats at Mater Dolorosa are silent retreats. Why do we enter into silence? Silence renews us and provides a refreshed perspective on the condition of our life. In silence, we are less likely to be able to hide from our problems, and by practicing silence, we nurture our listening skills and are better able to hear the quiet voice of God.
In the book of Hosea, God invites us "to come to the desert to pray and He will speak to our hearts." In the stillness of the sacred grounds of Mater Dolorosa, our spirit is nourished with the solitude of silence, meditation and prayer.