Vocation Retreat Notes: Choose God, Beauty Ever New

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity welcomed guests for a fall weekend of “Choosing God” and contemplating beauty. Beauty as portrayed in Scripture, the Fathers of the Church and in the Franciscan tradition was a special focus.

In The Exhortation to the Praises of God Francis refers to the Lord God as ” you are beauty, you are sweetness” and “you are beauty, you are gentleness”. St. Clare speaks about beauty in these passages from her writings:

Love renders one beautiful...to become beautiful is to become like the beloved, self growing in love. When the human person mirrors the love of Christ, then the beauty of God reigns in the world.

The young women accepted the opportunity for personal reflection on their relationship with God as well as enjoyed the gift of meeting others searching to find God’s will in their life. All were open to contemplating the Franciscan vocation through various experiences of reflecting on beauty e.g. evening bonfire, personal and group prayer, sacramental opportunities, solitude, and trail blazing.

Given that St. Francis’s own call involved responding to the God’s directive to “rebuild my Church’ and seeing God in another,  the weekend included Saturday evening music outreach to Good Shepherd Parish, Chilton,WI. At the Eucharistic liturgy some of the Franciscan Sisters’ musicians, Novices and Postulants in addition to the retreatants,  gave of themselves in service while the congregation joined in joyful song.

May the Lord be with you always and, wherever you are, may you be with Him always. Amen.
-St. Clare Blessing


Anonymous said…
The retreat touched my life by renewing my faith to be much stronger and letting the Holy Spirit enter me with an open heart.
Anonymous said…
It gave me two days to slow down, sit back, relax, and let God love me, to listen to how he wanted me to be going. Being at the Motherhouse offered a great resource of an amazing group of women and a breathtaking view.
Anonymous said…
The retreat confirmed my calling to be a Franciscan Sister.
Anonymous said…
This retreat gave me time to reflect on God's beauty, both in nature and in my life. I also have begun to see the areas in my life that God wants to make more beautiful.
Sister Mary Ann said…
Recognizing the beauty of God within each of us is a wonderful grace that the Holy Spirit so desires for us!