Following Jesus, the Fullness of Humanity· Spiritual Batteries
We follow Jesus not only to heaven but also to our proper life on earth. He gives us the light we need to fully appreciate the gift of our life, and his redeeming love frees us to develop that gift as much as we can. As St. Josemaria would so often say, in order to be divine, we have to be very human. In this meditation, we contemplate this reality.
Jesus' Baptism and Our Own· Spiritual Batteries
Today we contemplate the baptism of Jesus and the Father's words, "you are my Son; in you I am well pleased". Our own Baptism introduced us into Jesus' death and resurrection, making us children of the Father. We know this, but we need to pray about it so that it might determine the way we live in the world.
Contemplating the infant Jesus, contemplating Joy· Spiritual Batteries
The mystery of Christmas is a chance to put aside words, and to simply see. In this meditation, we try to "get out of the way" so that our faith might grow in the riches of God's love, a love revealed in this Infant.
With Joseph and Mary, Travelling to Bethlehem· Spiritual Batteries
Right before Christmas, we try and contemplate the experience of being with Jesus that Joseph and Mary present us as they journey towards Bethlehem. We too want to repeat that experience in our lives during these upcoming days of Christmas.
With Mary, in the last days of Advent· Spiritual Batteries
With Mary, in the last days of Advent by Fr. Justin Gillespie
Advent: Isaiah's prophecy coming true in our lives· Spiritual Batteries
Taking the reading from the day's Gospel, we contemplate the panorama Isaiah discovers to us: the breathtaking reality of our Christian vocation.
Retreat 6: The Road to Emmaus· Spiritual Batteries
Retreat 6: The Road to Emmaus by Fr. Justin Gillespie
Retreat 5: Jesus' Resurrection· Spiritual Batteries
Retreat 5: Jesus' Resurrection by Fr. Justin Gillespie
Retreat 4: Jesus' Self-Giving on the Cross· Spiritual Batteries
Retreat 4: Jesus' Self-Giving on the Cross by Fr. Justin Gillespie
Retreat: 3 Jesus humiliated before the Roman Soldiers· Spiritual Batteries
Retreat: 3 Jesus humiliated before the Roman Soldiers by Fr. Justin Gillespie
Retreat: 2 Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane· Spiritual Batteries
Retreat: 2 Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane by Fr. Justin Gillespie
Intro: "If you only knew the gift of God"· Spiritual Batteries
To begin this weekend retreat, we consider various goals, using Jesus' words to the woman at the well as our theme.
With Thomas, Contemplating Jesus' Wounds· Spiritual Batteries
In order to believe that someone loves us, we all look for "proof": actions that confirm what they say. After the Resurrection, Jesus wanted to preserve the wounds of his crucifixion. He wanted there to be visible, physical proof of his love without limits. To renew our belief in that love, we do well to join Thomas in contemplating them and in touching them.
Contemplating Jesus' Healing of the Man with a Withered Hand· Spiritual Batteries
Today we pray about an aspect of Jesus' personality that we might often avoid, perhaps out of fear: his reactions of anger. However, we must take the entire portrait of Jesus that we find in the Gospels. If we do, we will find that his anger is unique. In fact, it is another expression of his love.
Praying with Lazarus, Martha, and Mary· Spiritual Batteries
Considering Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, we try to discover specific ways in which our friendship with Jesus can become more sincere and personal.
Confiding in God's Great Gift: Parable of the Talents· Spiritual Batteries
Our prayer today centres on the parable of the talents. We try to contemplate the great confidence that God has in us, and how this is expressed in the baptismal vocation that he entrusts us with, encouraging us to make it grow and multiply.
Purified by Hope· Spiritual Batteries
We pray with some words of St. John, where he gives us a solid foundation for hope: hope in the unique dignity that God has given to us by creating us male and female. This hope, he says, purifies us. So we try to pray about how holy purity is nurtured by hope, whereas lust is a kind of despair.
Learning to Let Jesus Gaze Upon Us· Spiritual Batteries
Taking as our starting part some words of Pope Francis, we try to see prayerfully how we can actively "let" Jesus gaze on us, which means learning to receive what He wants to give.