WES Retreat 2011

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Today's retreat focused on themes from William Barry, SJ's book - HERE'S MY HEART, HERE'S MY HAND: LIVING FULLY IN FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD.

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WES Retreat 2011

  1. 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3l-rqOC3Ug&feature=related
  2. 2. Here’s My Heart, Here’s My Hand Living Fully in Friendship With GodWilliam A. Barry, SJ
  3. 3. Where you can purchase the bookhttp://astore.amazon.com/interacconnec-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=3Or http://bit.ly/hziYO4
  4. 4. Hear I Am Lordhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzp83SWRNZw&feature=youtube_gdata
  5. 5. IntroductionHe was praying in a certain place, and after hehad finished, one of his disciples said to him,“Lord teach us to pray.”… “When you pray, say:‘Father, hallowed be your name,Your kingdom come,Give us each day our daily bread.And forgive us your sins,For we ourselves forgive everyone indebted tous,And do not bring us to the trial.’” (Luke 11:1-4)
  6. 6. Fr. Barry covers . . .• Ideas on prayer and how God communicates with us• How we decide what comes from God in our experience and what does not, traditionally knows as the discernment of spirits• Living with today’s dilemmas• Who God is and what God wants in creating• How engaging with God changes us
  7. 7. Why Do You Pray?• Pause for a moment, then turn to one other person to share “why do you pray?”
  8. 8. Justin Bieber - Prayhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DOXVMlvtP8&feature=youtube_gdata
  9. 9. The Genesis Story http://bit.ly/ewcTdt
  10. 10. The Genesis Story http://bit.ly/iiJv6q
  11. 11. Genesis: Chapter 12Story of God’sefforts to bring usback into rightrelationship. Godcalls Abram andSarai, from whomwill come theChosen People.They become http://wapedia.mobi/en/AbrahamAbraham andSarah.
  12. 12. Genesis: Chapter 12 • In other words, the reversal of the catastrophe of human sin comes about by the recovery of an intimateStory of God’s relationship with God, a relationship inefforts to bring usback into right which human beings once again arerelationship. God asked to become partners with God.calls Abram andSarai, from whomwill come theChosen People.They becomeAbraham andSarah.
  13. 13. The God We Believe In … wants a relationship of intimacy and partnership with each of us and with all of us together. … we are made for union with God, and our hearts must want that union at a very deep level.
  14. 14. Our Reflection Time … Why Pray? … How to Pray?
  15. 15. The Effects of Such Prayer What happens when we pray in this way? Just as two friends change because of their deepening intimacy, so too a deepening intimacy with God change us. But the change comes about through the relationship itself, not through sheer will power. As we relate to God in this way, we become more like God
  16. 16. BreakWe are living in a time of momentous change and can often feel afraidand anxious. – William Barry, SJ
  17. 17. Sage AdviceFor times of Great Change
  18. 18. Lakota WisdomHorn Chips Crazy Horse
  19. 19. Page – 111 (1995, 320-321)
  20. 20. Our Time of Big ChangesWe who have lived through any part of the twentieth century have experienced changes that go far beyond the ordinary. We are living in a time that is as revolutionary as any in history… • What have I experienced in my lifetime? • How have these events and trends changed my world and worldview? • How do I bring these experiences to my prayer?
  21. 21. What have I experienced in my lifetime?How have these events and trends changed my world and worldview? How do I bring these experiences to my prayer?
  22. 22. GuidelinesFor Copingwith BigChange
  23. 23. Horn Chips Advice as we face massive, unsettling changes. . .• He notes that in such tumultuous times we cannot predict the way ahead: “changes come that are too great to foresee, far too great to understand.”• In all ages, not only in times of great change, men and women have had to walk forward into the future with hope and trust, not knowing precisely how things would turn out.
  24. 24. Facing massive changes. . .Jesus of Nazareth himselfhad to go to his death onthe cross in faith and hopeand love, not knowinghow, but trusting that hisFather would bring lightout of this darkness:“Father, into your hands Icommend my spirit” (Luke http://shayecornell.myadventures.org23:46)
  25. 25. Horn Chips Advice as we face massive, unsettling changes. . .• He says: “When the old ways are dead, it means that a new way is upon us. We cannot discern it yet, but it is at hand”• Take comfort in our Christian belief, that no matter what it looks like, God has done all that is needful for the salvation of the world in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
  26. 26. Moreover it will seem that all is lost“I think we will not see thenew way,” Horn Chipsstates. “I think it will notbecome visible for sevengenerations. In that timethe hoop of the peoplewill seem to be broken,and the flowering tree willseem to be withered.” http://www.fordesigner.com/maps//9677-0.htm
  27. 27. http://www.newlifeweb.org/about/mission Faith Is Essential
  28. 28. LunchWhen we relate in friendship with God, we learn something not onlyabout God but also about ourselves. – William Barry, SJ
  29. 29. After LunchWe are living in a world that is absolutely transparent, and God is shiningthrough it all the time. – Merton
  30. 30. Hosea
  31. 31. OurHealing GodImages of GodHealing Petalsand more. . .
  32. 32. Sr. Elizabeth Thoman, CHM
  33. 33. Healing PetalsWhat was your path to prayer?What happened during this prayerperiod?What might you have photographed?
  34. 34. Go Pray!If you brought a camera, you areinvited to go pray with your camera.Take as many photos of God’s beautifulnature as you care to.Think of…• Close-ups• At a distance• Whatever you are inspired tophotograph!
  35. 35. Share with a friendGod likes us and wants our friendship.God wants each of us to engage in arelationship of growing intimacy andfriendship. (Barry)What have I learned about God’sfriendship with me as I reflect on God’severyday nature?What is this friendship like for me?
  36. 36. http://www.e-water.netClick on “Irish Blessings”
  37. 37. Where you can purchase the bookhttp://astore.amazon.com/interacconnec-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=3Or http://bit.ly/hziYO4
  38. 38. The Rosary
  39. 39. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtmzn8MrLw0&feature=youtube_gdata
  40. 40. Sundays except during Advent and Lent, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  41. 41. http://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2010/04/03/resurrection-of-jesus-christ/1. The Resurrection:Jesus rises from the dead on Easter Sunday, glorious and immortal, as Hehas predicted. (Matt. 28:1-7)
  42. 42. http://www.abbottglass.com/galleryenlarge.asp?cat=8&ID=102. The Ascension:Jesus ascends into Heaven forty days after His resurrection to sit at theright hand of God the Father. (Luke 24:50-51)
  43. 43. http://www.fotopedia.com/wiki/Holy_Spirit3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit:Jesus sends the Holy Spirit in the form of fiery tongues on His Apostlesand disciples. (Acts 2:2-4)
  44. 44. http://bit.ly/erT5YY4. The Assumption:Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, is assumed bodyand soul into heavenly glory.
  45. 45. http://www.corbisimages.com/Enlargement/RV001369.html5. The Coronation:Mary is crowned as Queen of heaven and earth, Queen of angels andsaints.
  46. 46. BlessingsThank you for being partof the WES Retreat.“… we are called tobelieve that God’s Spirit isstill active in this world, inspite of appearances, andthat God will reveal thenew way to those whoremain faithful.”- Barry, SJ
  47. 47. On Eagles WingsThe only thing we can hope for is thatour God image becomes moreadequate to the reality of God. Howcan this happen?

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