As you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments to turn your focus inward. Take several slow, deep breaths. Become aware of the great love God has for you.
By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God.
All of creation is a gift from our loving God, who has entrusted it to us for our delight and enjoyment. Knowing this transforms the way we approach our world, ourselves, and one another. When we understand, by faith, that God created and continues to create the world and that it is good, we take time to reflect on its beauty and on how we are called to care for all of God’s creation.
When you think of the order of the universe, what comes to mind?
What reminds me most of the goodness of God’s creation?
(Give thanks to God in these words or others that come to mind for you.)
Let me give thanks to the Lord-for it is right to give God thanks and praise!