Time away and space to pray are core spiritual practices in the life of a mature disciple of Jesus Christ. Jesus invited seekers to "come and see" and to his friends he recognized their weariness and said, "Come away with me. Let us go to a quiet place and rest for a while." (Mark 6: 31) We all know that relationships need time to grow and develop. We need space to listen and learn and freedom to be honest and vulnerable. And our relationship with the Lord, if we want it to deepen and grow, also requires space and freedom.
The five- and eight- day retreats at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House offer the time and space, rest and prayer we long for. These retreats are embedded in the tradition given the Church through St. Ignatius of Loyola. Master Ignatius recognized we do not make pilgrimmages alone and having a person who supports, listens, and has made the journey before is a big help, and this is the method of directed retreats. One important thing to recognize is that the "direction" of directed retreats is that of discovering and exploring the direction you are going in faith and life and what path better helps you go in the direction you seek.
What do I do on a directed retreat?
The pace of the day unfolds quietly and simply. There is ample time for rest and some reading or writing if you want, but the primary focus of the retreat is prayer and praying.
During directed retreats you are invited to pray several prayer periods a day on your own and meet with a spiritual companion daily. Your conversations with your companion will explore what is happening in prayer and where it is intersecting with life. Your spiritual companion may have some suggestions for prayer, or you may recognize an invitation from the Lord you want to explore with your companion.
Celebration of the Eucharist is offered daily, and communal liturgies for reconciliation and healing are also offered during your time on retreat.
Meet our 2019 spiritual companions here
Master Ignatius even in his day recognized the importance of silence. It is a gift to one who desires to grow in faith, hope, and love. In silence we are able to say hello to our own stories and listen. Silence allows questions to emerge, sometimes questions we did not even know we had. Silence provides space to know who we are, how we are, and where we are. On retreat, silence helps me come to know who God is to me and who I am to God. And that locates another important aspect of silence. Silence gives rise not only to my story and our story but also THE story, God's story breaking into our lives and loves.
Every person has an interior life, some know it. On retreat, we share a silence among us honoring what the Holy Spirit is doing in and for and with each person. We also come to an interior quiet when the factory closes, all the committee meetings are dismissed, phones turned off, emails parked, texts wait so we can go into that interior space where my God dwells and where I can discover my own self being created momently.
The silence of the retreat is not a rule enforced rather a gift given. It comes to each person who generously enters the retreat with head, heart, and hands open to God.
Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House strives to create a safe and comfortable place for your retreat, preparing your rooms, the common spaces, and all meals. You will have a private en suite room with linens provided, and you will be free to make your home the beautiful 39-acre campus of Montserrat.
Your retreat offering allow Montserrat to keep this sacred space well tended - utilities, grounds, food, as well as the people who tend it in order to serve you. The suggested offering for the five-day retreat is $550 and for the 8-day retreat is $800. Your offering is payable when you arrive for retreat. Montserrat accepts cash, check, and credit cards.
If you have more questions, please call us at 940-321-6020 or contact us via email. We are happy to get you the information you need.