A couple weeks ago, I had the privilege of spending the weekend with 47 other young adults who are passionate about issues of peace and justice and how that impacts each of our lives. We had the time to pray and reflect on our own and heard about others’ experiences of living out the Gospel call to service.
Theresa shared the difference between a college service trip to Mexico and viewing the situation as a kind of "science experiment" to the experience she has now of simply being in solidarity the students she teaches. Luke told us a story about JFK and the Cuban missile crisis that influenced him in his commitment to non-violence.
Anita compared her year of service in South America and wanting to "help" people, to spending three years in Africa learning about hospitality, generosity and other virtues from the people there. David took us with him as he shared 3 stories of what he learned from people he met on his pilgrimage to 365 churches in 365 days to nearly 40 countries on 5 continents.
Keynote speaker Nick Lund-Molfese pointed out potential hurdles that those working for a more just world may encounter but gave us time to reflect on how we can overcome them in our own lives and works.
To see some pics from the weekend, go to the Charis Ministries Facebook page. If you were on the retreat, feel free to post some of your own thoughts here.
Be sure to save the date for next year’s retreat: May 1-3, 2009. ~Lauren G
Charis Ministries nurtures the life-long desire of men and women in their 20s and 30s for spiritual growth through a closer friendship with Jesus Christ. Using the gifts of Ignatian Spirituality, primarily through prayer, education and service opportunities, we serve as a bridge for men and women to the Catholic Church and develops leaders for the Church. We are a work of the Jesuits of the Chicago Province and our lay colleagues.