As you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments to turn your focus inward. Take three deep breaths, relax, and recognize that you are in the loving presence of God, who is with you as you continue this journey of growth and discovery.
Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, "Do not be afraid; just have faith."
Jesus entered the house of Jairus even though the little girl he was called to heal was reported dead. Through the healing touch and words of Jesus, she was returned to life and health. Jesus' instruction "Do not be afraid; just have faith" carries through to our lives today as we encounter Jesus' words, touch, and healing in the sacraments.
How do I experience the healing touch of Jesus in the Sacrament of Penance?
How do I experience the presence of Christ in the Eucharist?
(Speak to Jesus using this prayer or one of your own.)
Jesus, healer of lives, thank you for the healing and strength you give me through the sacraments. Help me to be a living sign of your love and peace.