As you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments of silent reflection. Take a few deep breaths and remember that you are in the loving presence of God, who is with you as you continue this journey of growth and discovery.
If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit to those who ask him?
Jesus teaches us that we can call God our Father and depend on him. Prayer is essential to maintaining this intimate relationship. God's gifts to us of faith, hope, and love sustain us in prayer, nurture our relationship with God, and help us to meet the needs of others.
With God as my Father and the human family as my brothers and sisters, what relationships with members of my family need attention today?
What has the Father given to me through my prayer?
(Jesus invites you to speak to the Father, using this prayer or one of your own.)
Abba, Father, deepen my faith, increase my hope and strengthen my love for all my brothers and sisters, especially those in my care.