Last year, just before Ash Wednesday, several of the people in the Watercooler (now the Clubhouse subforum of that forum) Junkies Treehouse thread asked me to put on a Lenten retreat The first CAF Lenten retreat was the fruit of that effort. Last year’s retreat was billed as a private retreat in the spirituality forum. For each session I posted a prayer, a scripture passage, a talk and a closing prayer. The five talks were spread over the course of almost five weeks.
This year we are going to offer the 2nd Annual CAF Lenten retreat. We will follow the same basic format as last year. I will be the only one posting to this thread. If you would like to discuss any of the topics of the retreat with other CAF members, you can do that in the at this link. Beware that the Junkies tend to talk a lot so we may move through a couple of Retreat houses as we make our Lenten Journey. If you desire to contact me privately about anything I’ve brought up in the retreat, please feel free to PM me. You my also e-mail me at CAF2007LentenRetreat@stjohnjordan.org which is set up just for this retreat.
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. I was ordained June 8th, 1994. I serve three small parishes spread across 7000 square miles of eastern Montana. I serve about 185 families in this area.
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
Spend 15 minutes at least one day each week 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.
I’d like to add a few more resources to help you on your journey during this Lenten Season
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. The talks will be posted approximately 5-7 days apart… 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.