Friday, June 29, 2012

Vocation Discernment Retreat Notes: Contemplating St. Clare Woman of Prayer

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity offered a 'St. Clare Woman of Prayer' Discernment Retreat on June 24-26, 2012. Young women arrived as our Sister jubilarians' guests were departing from a day of celebration. A joyous spirit of gratitude for God's faithfulness filled the Motherhouse.

An outline of some retreat resources and activities:
  • Letters of St. Clare to Agnes, a young woman, desiring to give herself to Jesus in the Church as Clare did.
  • Reflection on Clare's love for the Eucharistic Lord and the San Damiano Crucifix
  • Personal Prayer time of significant length for reflection in chapel or in various places on our Motherhouse grounds
  • Processions to invite Mary's intercession at our Lourdes Grotto outside and visit to Our Lady of Good Help Shrine
  • Lake Michigan ice cream stop
  • Introducing St. Clare's favorite way to pray: gaze upon Christ, consider Christ, contemplate Christ, imitate Christ
  • Franciscan Crown
  • St. Francis' 'Exhortation to the Praises of God'