Before you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments to turn your focus inward. Take a few deep breaths. Begin when you are ready.
. . .one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Each of us has different gifts, yet we are all called to unity as members of God's family. Through the Sacraments of Initiation we are united more deeply with Jesus and strengthened by the Holy Spirit. We, as members of the Church, should reflect on the unity of the Holy Trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When we deviate from our devotion to God by committing sin, he extends his mercy through the healing Sacrament of Penance. These wonderful gifts of grace are given so that we can more closely follow Jesus and serve others.
How do the Eucharist and the Holy Spirit strengthen the unique gifts God has given me?
How can I help others to recognize their different gifts as good and to respect the gifts of others?
(Speak to God using these words or your own.)
God of unity and healing, draw me into a deeper appreciation of my gifts and the gifts of those around me.