On the 24th of February, a group of 13 members of the Association, staff from the school and parishioners met at Marist College Emerald for a “Care for the Soul” retreat day with Br Robert O’Connor. It was a very gentle experience for all involved and there was a general appreciation of having time to sit and contemplate, as well as of the fellowship which was enjoyed during the meal breaks. Those who were able to, regathered in the evening to share a meal together.
The following is some of the feedback received from the participants:
“I enjoyed the retreat on Saturday as Brother Robert gave many interesting alternative views on the life and faith of Mary and also on how we can find our own way to pray and be silent. The time out sessions were valuable as we do not take the time to be silent very often. Overall a thought provoking yet relaxing day.”
“It was good to have some time to oneself. I thought it was a good day, Bro was easy to listen to and to follow.”
“I enjoyed the day enormously. It was well paced and there was a balance of quiet reflective time, input from Robert and scripture. The friendly social time was also integral to an enjoyable day (as was the food!)
The realistic presentation of Mary and Jesus in their humanity was especially valuable. Treating so much of scripture as metaphor to help discover Jesus in our own life, truly incarnated and manifesting himself today was affirming.
I really appreciated the recommendations Robert made regarding further stimulating reading. I have already ordered two books on Book Depository to follow up the day.”
“I found the day a wonderful experience. It encouraged self-reflection and an invitation into mysticism with a solid explanation and outline of our deep mystic tradition.
There was a generous time for personal reflection and appropriate input for each of the sessions.
Overall it was a wonderful day and I am excited about future days like this.”
From all at Emerald, we would like to express our appreciation to Br Robert for so generously offering his time and wisdom to us.