Before you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments to set aside all distractions. Take several deep breaths and rest in the loving presence of God.
2 Timothy 3:14
But you, remain faithful to what you have learned and believed, because you know from whom you learned it.
There are many similarities between the times of Saint Paul and our own. Living a Christian life was a conscious choice and was not supported by society at large. Christians were faced with many temptations to turn from their beliefs or to grow lax in the practice of their faith. Paul exhorts Timothy (and us) to be faithful to what we have learned and believed about Jesus. Our gathering for Eucharist is a way we strengthen our faith, as well as support one another for our common mission as disciples. Our individual faithfulness builds a stronger faith community.
Paul encouraged Timothy to be faithful to his beliefs. How might I encourage someone today to be faithful?
Where do I find strength for living my Christian faith?
(Speak to God using this prayer or one of your own.)
Loving God, your gift of faith is precious to me. Grant me the grace to live my life in such a way that others may recognize Jesus in me.