Before you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments to turn your focus inward. Slow your breathing, relax, and recognize that you are in the loving presence of God, who is with you as you continue your journey of growth and discovery.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.
God is not distant or aloof. He wants us to have a relationship with him, so he sent his only Son, Jesus, to lead us to salvation. Jesus fulfills God's promise to be with us always. In the last words from the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus assures his disciples that his love and presence are eternal. Even to this day, we receive Jesus in the Eucharist, our spiritual food, which strengthens us on our journey.
In a world of broken promises, what does it mean to me to know that God's love and presence are eternal?
When am I most aware of God's eternal presence?
(Speak to God using this prayer or words of your own.)
Intimate and loving God, draw me continually closer to you and remain with me forever. Let me mirror your love and acceptance to all.