Silent Retreats are a means of stepping away from the usual business of life and focus hard on God. As always, what I got out of my silent retreat is not what I expected to get out of my silent retreat. God always has plans that differ from what I expect even when I don’t think I expect anything in particular. The retreat I participated in was held at Featherock Conference Center in Schulenburg Texas. As ALWAYS, the facility was spotlessly clean and well appointed inside, the grounds immaculately presented and beautiful, the food excellent, and the program well designed. … Continue reading →
At the foot of the cross with Mary and John to witness the words Jesus spoke from the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” “Woman, behold your son. Behold, your mother.” “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.” “I thirst” “It is finished” “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” – Jesus of Nazareth This is the point in scripture that most moves me. All of the Gospels are moving and rich with meaning, but this moment, when Christ … Continue reading →
“You go on being worldly, frivolous and giddy because you are a coward. What is it, if not cowardice, to refuse to face yourself?” (St Josemaria Escriva, The Way #18) Oh the busyness of modern life. We MUST answer that phone; we MUST return that text; we MUST see that sitcom or ballgame. There is so much that is not essential to life that we think essential and Lent is the perfect time to go about learning to avoid those non-essentials. St. Escriva calls the result of non-essential things and activities, “worldly, frivolous and giddy” and states emphatically that the … Continue reading →
I am busy enjoying the interesting workshops on the CWG’s online writer’s conference all this week. This means there may be fewer posts, but it also means there will be more sprucing up being done on my blog and I will be making a to-do list of changes I’d like to make as I learn how to make them. Meanwhile, keep praying your way through Lent!
We’ll be using the St. Louis-Marie De Montfort’s prayers and meditations from the book, The True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin published by Baronius Press Limited, 2008, ISBN # 978-1-905574-36-0. Amazon.com has a kindle version you can get instantly!
I found this clip of a Bob and Penny Lord program on St. Louis-Marie De Montfort on youtube:
EWTN has a nice page about St. Louis-Marie De Montfort. This page includes links to documents on the writings of this Saint and an audio program.
See also this link: Consecrate this Lent to Jesus through Mary, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This link has a marvelous wealth of information about why this particular period of time is so special. ONLY time in our lifetimes when the dates for the Total Consecration fall within the period of Lent, starting on Ash Wednesday and making the consecration on the Feast of the Annunciation.
We will begin prayers on February 22, 2012 (Ash Wednesday) and end with the feast of the Annunciation (March 26, 2012) as the Day of Consecration.