Day Ignatian Retreats
of Loyola received in 1533 the Spiritual Exercises directly
from the hand of Our Blessed Mother, these salutary exercise,
which in their complete form are preached over a period of
thirty days are condensed into a short 5 day retreat here
at St Pius X Retreat House.
During these few “Days
of Grace,” retreatants exercise their intellect, memory
and will, by meditating upon their purpose and goal in life,
which is to glorify God and save their soul, and upon the
mysteries of the life, death and Resurrection of Our Lord
Jesus Christ, And they will at once be convinced that they
must first conquer themselves so that Christ may live in them,
according to the words of St. Paul: “With Christ I am
nailed to the Cross,” and I live, now not I, but Christ
liveth in me” (Gal. 2 19-20)
||Why go for
You converted recently.
You thirst to learn more about the Catholic
faith that is now at the centre of your life. You want to
learn how to live as a good Christian in this corrupted world.
Come to the five days retreats of St. Ignatius. You will get
the straight answers you are looking for.
You are burdened
with sin, and you don’t
know how to deal with it. We do have the answer for you: The
Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. There, you will find
the strength and the weapons for victory.
You have been
Catholic for a long time, even for your whole life.
Now you feel that the practice of your
religion is becoming a routine. At times, you even have some
doubts about the faith or about Tradition. You need absolutely
to straighten out your life before it would be too late. Come
quickly to the retreat!
are about to take important decisions that will affect your
career the future
of your family and of the education of your children…
The retreat will give you the best opportunity to make the
right decision, putting everything at the right place. Take
time to think about during a good retreat!
You want to become
more fervent and to improve your
spiritual life. You need the Spiritual Exercises. It is a
proven method, approved by the Church and recommended by many
But, I have no
time! No, it is not true! If
you really want to come, you will find time. This is of very
serious matter: the eternal salvation of your own soul. Review
your agenda, and you will find a 5 days’ time frame.
But, I am not
very instructed! All right! The
retreat is a wonderful method that is available for all men,
like the preaching of Our Lord.
Others need to
go for a retreat, I don’t. Are
you really sure to be a saint? So many times, we heard retreatants
telling us at the end of the retreat that, before coming,
they never hought how much thy needed to come to the retreat.
Happens on Retreat?
elements make up a retreat: preaching, personal meditation,
the counsel of the priest, and the sacraments.
or the “conferences” permit
an understanding of doctrine. Their primary role is to nourish
follow the conferences. Their role is
to nourish the virtue of charity.
Invocations are provided
to help retreatants enter into this conversation with God
which speaks quite easily into the free time of the retreat,
into reading time or walks and which will become a good habit
after the retreat is over.
The counsel of
the priest. The third element,
quite personal and adapted to each individual, is the conversation
of the retreatants with the priest who are at their
disposition though the retreat. Whether in the role of counselor
or physician, the priest is always a father. With his help,
the retreatants works through his difficulties, makes a resolution,
discovers the wisdom of divine Providence, or is quite simply
reassured that everything is on the right tract. This is where
the virtues of prudence comes into play: each one must discover
God’s will and make resolutions in order to do that
Finally, the fourth element is the
sacraments. First and foremost is Holy Communion,
the wealth of which is incalculable and even infinite since
it contains not just grace, but the Author of grace. We actually
enter with Him, with God, Into a common union, into “comm.-union.”
What great wealth it is to have five days of complete intimacy
in which to strethen that union. We begin to understand better
what is the importance of the sacrament of penance, which
opens our heart to such wealth and enlarges it that we may
better share with others.
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