Welcome to our Lenten Retreat. The moderators have asked that, since this is a first, we try a silent retreat. The idea here would be that I will post my “talk” on this thread. Others will have the chance to read my reflection, but no one else will be allowed to post to this retreat thread. If you wish to correspond with me about any issues that might arise as a result of this retreat experience, you can PM me or, to keep my forum inbox from passing it’s limit, you can e-mail me at an address that I am setting up just for this retreat CAF2006retreat@stjohnjordan.org. This e-mail address will disappear after Easter. Using this e-mail address will give me your e-mail address. If this is a concern, please PM me. If my box is full please try again a little later.
That being said, I’d like to tell you a little about myself. I am a priest of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings serving the Church of Eastern Montana. In June I’ll celebrate the 12th anniversary of my ordination. I serve three small parishes spread across 7000 square miles of eastern Montana. I serve about 175 families in this area. The folks in the Water Cooler have gotten to know me a little more during the past couple of weeks. I’m sure if you ask they can tell you some stories, but don’t let that distract you from your retreat.
To make this retreat experience a truly prayerful experience, I’d suggest that you participate in as much of the following as possible.
Attend daily Mass.
Go to confession at least once during this holy season
Participate in Morning Prayer or Evening Prayer each day. If you need a resource for the Liturgy of the Hours look here http://www.universalis.com/
Spend 15 minutes each day in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in quiet prayer. If you can not spend 15 minutes at your local church try this as a substitute. http://www.savior.org/
During the course of this retreat, I plan on starting each of my talk/reflections with a prayer, a scripture passage with a link, a talk and links to other suggested readings that I think may be appropriate.
I suggest that you subscribe to this thread so you’ll know when I’ve added my next talk/reflection and prayer. You can do that by clicking on the thread tools drop down menu above and clicking on subscribe to thread. I will add a new talk/reflection after a few days. I want to allow everyone a chance to reflect a little upon what was said before I introduce a new topic.
My intention of this retreat is not to lead to theological debate, but to encourage spiritual reflection. I hope that all of you have a blessed and holy Lenten experience.