Before you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments to be still. Take three deep breaths and be aware of the loving presence of God, who is with you as you begin this journey of growth and discovery.
Happy those whose way is blameless, who walk by the teaching of the LORD.
The path to happiness is not as elusive as it may seem. The trouble is that people tend to look for it in places where it cannot be found. Wealth, power, and self-centeredness each offer the same empty promises. Jesus faced and rejected these when he was tempted by the devil in the desert. The path to happiness and eternal life is open. Jesus cleared the way for us by his word and example, and by unfolding the work of the Holy Spirit, who continues to teach us how to live according to God's plan.
How can I identify the things that bring me true happiness?
What path am I going to walk today: my own, or one where Jesus leads?
(Speak to Jesus using this prayer or words of your own.)