Before you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments to turn your focus inward. Relax and recognize that you are in the loving presence of God, who is with you as you continue to grow in your faith.
Bless the Lord, my soul;do not forget all the gifts of God,Who pardons all your sins,(and) heals all your ills.
God's compassion is abundant. There are times in life when we feel so unlovable, so unforgiveable that we want to hide. We may think that if we just ignore what is going on in our lives, ignore what needs healing and forgiveness it will just go away. Thankfully, God does not act that way. Rather, God waits patiently to receive us and to forgive us again and again. This is why our souls sing out, "Bless the Lord, my soul."
When did my heart last sing God's praise?
What might be getting in the way?
(Speak to Jesus using these words or words of your own.)
Generous, merciful, and healing Father, you bless my life in so many ways. Stir up in me a grateful heart that gladly gives you praise.