Vocation Discernment Retreat Notes: Life in the Spirit is Essence of Community

Do you want the fire of God's love? 10 young women, ages 18-30, prayed for an ourpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit as they gathered at the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Motherhouse for a Pentecost Retreat.

This retreat focused on the Holy Spirit in our lives as seen in this icon, The Descent of the Holy Spirit, and prayers from the Rite of the Sacraments of Initiation. See sample:

By your baptism you have been born again in Christ and you have become members of Christ and of his priestly people. Now you are to share in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit among us, the Spirit sent by the Lord among his apostles at Pentecost and given by them and their successors to the baptized.

The promised strength of the Holy Spirit, which you are to receive, will make you more like Christ and help you to be witnesses to his suffering, death and resurrection. It will strengthen you to be active members of the Church and to build up the Body of Christ in faith and love.

Retreatants also read Francis, the Founder, Chapter 10, p. 605 and gave of themselves in service by singing at St. Thomas Parish, Newton, WI. Of course, the weekend provided opportunity to experience prayer and Eucharist with the Motherhouse Community. See more photos.

Go forth in peace. For you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear. -St. Clare of Assisi