March 14-16, 2013
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ANNUAL WEEKEND SILENT RETREAT OVERVIEW
Every year Our Lady of Lourdes parishioners attend the Jesuit Ignatius House in Sandy Springs, Georgia for a silent retreat during the season of Lent. It’s voted “Best Way to Turn It All Off” by Atlanta magazine. Retreats consist of silent reflection, meditation and prayer and are based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius.
A retreat director leads short, engaging spiritual teachings called exercises.
Retreats begin with Friday dinner and end with lunch on Sunday. You’ll enjoy delicious meals and a private room and bath. A $50 deposit is required, and additional donations are accepted. No one is turned away because of financial reasons.
What happens during the weekend retreat?
The retreat director presents a series of brief teachings, all with a powerful message of God’s love for you. The rest of the time is yours. You will value the silence and solitude so conducive to restful, spiritual reflection.
Why take a silent retreat?
Read the new, powerful testimonials below from fellow parishioners. And visit the Ignatius House website.
Read powerful testimonials from fellow parishioners:
The young retreat master led us into silence and meditation in a delicate and sensitive way. So our experience was profoundly personal and reinvigorating. The meditations we heard in the silence of spring reminded us what is important in our lives: to let go of our own plans and go God’s way in the service of others. – Bill and Mary Moon
This is not about being silent, it’s about listening! A silent retreat was new to me, but I was surprised how easily I was fully present and comfortable. I haven’t walked the Stations of the Cross in decades, but I became part of the walk, not an observer or witness. Peace and insights came quickly, and I felt closer to Jesus. I’m still struggling with my relationship with God via the Catholic Church. But to my surprise, I’m returning for another retreat this summer.
- Ted Kneidl
Stop and listen…To hear God’s voice was an amazing blessing.My attendance further revealed to me what I really need to do to walk and live in God’s grace. The still surroundings, even with thunderstorms, created a soothing environment. I won’t wait until next year to return — I think I’ll hang out with God and the Jesuit Priests this summer… in silence.
When I went on the retreat, I was six weeks pregnant. The pregnancy had taken me by surprise as I am young and unmarried. Even though I knew that God would provide for me and my baby, I was struggling with feelings of disappointment and resentment. I’ve always been one to follow the rules, and furthermore, having a child would negatively impact my graduate school plans for the fall. The retreat was perfect timing. I spent the weekend praying for the grace to accept the gift of life with joy and to let go of my anxiety over what other people would think of me. I came away from the weekend feeling refreshed and ready to accept the challenge of motherhood. On the Wednesday after the retreat, I went in for my first ultrasound, excited to see my baby and the flicker of its heartbeat. The image that came up on the screen was an empty black oval. My baby never developed- cell division ceased very soon after the egg was fertilized. I am about to miscarry, and the grief has been enormous for me and my fiancé. We will never meet our child. I credit the retreat with building my faith so that I can carry through this difficult time. I have been able, albeit reluctantly, to return the gift of my child to its Creator.
This was my first retreat, and my co-workers were taking bets on whether I could withstand the silence. I learned the difference between being alone, being lonely, and finding solitude. In solitude, there is peace and a quiet awakening of the spirit. Most remarkable is that when we did begin speaking, we all shared this incredible bond having gone through the process together.” - Terri
This is an opportunity to cut down on distractions and to listen for the whispering voice of God. These retreats are a good balance between silence, instruction, worship, and opportunities to enjoy nature. At a time when hurried action seems to be the norm, it is refreshing to engage in unhurried reflections. In a society that too often seems to be based on who can speak the loudest, it is refreshing to experience the power of silence. In a time when lives seem too crowded, these retreats are an opportunity to slow down and make room for God.” - Tom
At first I was miffed at the idea of having to remain silent. However, in the silence, I felt the presence of the Lord. Things were revealed to me that I might not have otherwise heard in my normal day to day routine.
When I arrived back “in the real world”, I was still on a natural high from the experience. Yes, the same problems that I left behind on Friday were still there. But I began to see things in a different light. Come to Ignatius House like a fast. Deprive yourself of all the distractions and anxieties of the world and come hungry to hear God speak to you.” - Thomas
My husband and I found this was a way to address our family spirituality by strengthening our own personal relationships with God. It opens your heart, mind and spirit to hear, really hear, God talking to you.” - Kizmet
No phone, computer, television, or talking for an entire weekend-yikes! But my concerns were unwarranted. The physical and spiritual beauty of the place allowed me to get in touch with self and communicate with God in a way I never have. In the silence, I felt closer to all of the retreat participants and most importantly I felt closer to God.” - Stephanie