If You would be Perfect

First Annual St. Gabriel
Young Adult Lenten Day of Retreat

at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, MDOn March 7, 2015, I was invited by the St. Gabriel Young Adult Group to lead their first annual Lenten retreat at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, America’s first native-born saint. The retreat theme was “If you would be perfect” taken from the encounter of Jesus with the rich young man in Mark 10:17-22.The retreat coincided with the celebratory year of the 40th anniversary of St. Elizabeth Seton’s canonization on September 14, 1975, by Blessed Pope Paul IV. The retreat also coincided with the 30th anniversary year of the promulgation of St. John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter to the Youth of the World (Dilecti amici). The Apostolic Letter inaugurated what we know today as World Youth Day. The retreat talks were a reflection on some of basic themes of the Letter, as well as some of my own reflections on the narrative of the rich young man.
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Retiro de Servidores

Retreat PhotoRetiro de Servidores
Parroquia de San Gabriel

Centro María
650 Jackson Street N.E., Washington, DC 20017

Sábado 28 de febrero 2015

Retreat PhotoEl sábado 28 de febrero el grupo de Servidores (grupo carismático) de la parroquia de San Gabriel me invitaron dar el retiro anual de cuaresma. El lema del retiro espiritual fue “Moisés entro en la nube espesa donde estaba Dios” (Ex 24:18). El retiro fue una reflexión sobre la mística del “modelo en la montana” de Ex 25:40 que prefigura la persona de Cristo (ref. Ebr 8:5). El retiro incluyó exposición del Santísimo Sacramento, adoración, y una Santa Misa. El contenido de las charlas de p. Avelino se piensa publicar en un librito en el futuro. Déjanos saber si están interesado recibir una copia a través de un comentario bajo este “post”.

In His Presence

A retreat for young adults  Three Rivers Resort and Outfitting  Almont, Colorado 13-15 February 2015A retreat for young adults  Three Rivers Resort and Outfitting  Almont, Colorado 13-15 February 2015

A retreat for young adults Three Rivers Resort and Outfitting Almont, Colorado 13-15 February 2015A retreat for young adults  Three Rivers Resort and Outfitting  Almont, Colorado 13-15 February 2015A retreat for young adults  Three Rivers Resort and Outfitting  Almont, Colorado 13-15 February 2015A retreat for young adults  Three Rivers Resort and Outfitting  Almont, Colorado 13-15 February 2015
 
A retreat for young adults
Three Rivers Resort and Outfitting
Almont, Colorado 13-15 February 2015

This past February 13-15, 2015, I was invited to lead a spiritual retreat at Three Rivers Resort and Outfitting located in the historic mountain town of Almont, Colorado. It was a wonderful experience and opportunity to meet and spend time with young adult Catholics from the Diocese of Colorado Springs (St. Patrick Catholic Church) who were interested in deepening their Catholic faith and their relationship with Jesus Christ. These young adults are sign of great hope for the present and future Church…

The resort consists of a grouping of modest log cabins that are built a short walk from an area where two rivers – Taylor and East Rivers – merge to form the Gunnison River. As the advertisement states, “blue skies, high mountains, and crystal clear waters makes it an ideal getaway”, but as we found out, it also makes for an ideal spot for a spiritual retreat.

The theme for the pre-Lenten retreat was “In His Presence.” The majestic surroundings helped everyone experience the presence of God through his creation.  The retreat included Mass, adoration, time for reflection and prayer, as well as several talks that offered solid guides for Christian living today including: reducing our spiritual background noise, the image of God within us, and the fundamental nature of mankind as made for communion. The talks will be transcribed in the near future and posted for everyone’s enjoyment. Included in this post are photos taken during a Stations of the Cross climb up a snowmobile trail in Almont mountains.

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