ARE YOU CALLED TO LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY OF THE CHRISTIAN RETREAT?
“The Christian Retreat was founded in 1789 by Fr Anthony Sylvester Receveur. In an age when faith and moral values were in decline, he offered ordinary people a means of drawing close to God. Through practising meditation and making a spiritual retreat, their lives were transformed.”
LIKE THE EARLY CHRISTIANS, WE HAVE LEFT EVERYTHING FOR JESUS CHRIST
“The house of prayer is ecumenical and welcomes Christians of all denominations and people of good will.”
“Today we witness an even greater breakdown in society, resulting in loss of faith, disorientation, loneliness and fear: Meditation and spiritual retreats are as relevant and as needed in the 21st century as they were in the 18th.
IF YOU KNEW THE GIFT OF GOD (Jn 4:10).
Today our life is CHALLENGING US to follow Jesus and to listen to his Word.
• “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6).
“The Word of God is never ambiguous. It speaks to the heart of every person whom God calls to solitude and retreat, and who listens to His voice” (Fr Anthony Receveur).
WE CENTRE OUR LIFE ON THE WORD OF GOD
• THROUGH Prayer Meditation Worship
• BY Witness Teaching Evangelisation
• IN Truth and friendship Justice and solidarity Peace and harmony
• “We have no other plan for the Christian Retreat than the simple plan of the Gospel” (Fr Anthony Receveur).
Today our life is RADICAL. It challenges worldly values.
“Whoever would come after me, let them deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me” (Lk 9:23).
BACK TO BASICS
“The Spirit of the Christian Retreat is opposed to the spirit of the world. We find it in retreat, silence and meditation, in lives directed towards God and towards Jesus Crucified” (Fr Anthony Redeveur).
THE RADICALITY OF OUR LIFE redefines the values of the world in the light of the Gospel. “Our Congregation’s motto of ‘All by the Cross’ calls us to enter the Paschal Mystery of life, death and resurrection. We strive towards conversion of heart and a deeper love.
In answer to the call of God to serve:
• I AM VULNERABLE
• I AM OPEN
• I AM AUTHENTIC
• I AM JUST
Today our life is DIFFERENT.
Our business is THE CARE OF SOULS.
We live in a world thirsting for meaning, for love, for peace, ultimately FOR GOD. In our Congregation, we reach out to people who feel they are spiritually rootless and have lost the true meaning of their lives. For their sake:
• I AM PRESENT
• I AM STRONG
• I AM FAITHFUL
• I AM FRIEND
“Like the early Christians, we have left everything for Jesus Christ. We have one heart and mind and form a single family” (Fr Anthony Receveur).
Achievement, wealth and pursuit of pleasure are the focus of many lives today. Religious life has different values: • Celibacy: the total gift of ourselves to God and a life of love and companionship with our Sisters; Poverty: recognising our dependence on God and one another • Obedience: listening and discerning the will of God. • “Desire each day more intensely to please Him who alone can satisfy your heart” • “Confidence in Divine Providence gives us courage and joy, it is an inexhaustible treasure” • “We imitate Jesus in His obedience to the Father” (Fr Anthony Receveur).
Phone/ write to: Sr Anne Dunne (East Molesey, Surrey, near London) : email@example.com ; phone: +44 (0) 20 8941 2313 or Sr Margaret Buckley (Co: Galway, Ireland): 00353 90 96 79 311. ” Web: http://www.christian-retreat.org (external link).