Before you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments and quiet yourself. Relax and call to mind that you are in the loving presence of God who calls you to journey in faith.
Acts of the Apostles 2:42
They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.
In the breaking of the bread and in the prayers, the early Church experienced the presence of the risen Jesus Christ. In the Eucharist, we come to know and experience the fullness of Jesus as they did. The Eucharist is spiritual food that not only allows us to receive the risen Jesus into our lives more intimately but also strengthens us to serve the needs of others.
In what ways do I participate in the communal life of my parish community?
How am I strengthened spiritually by sharing Eucharist with others?
(Speak to Jesus in these or similar words.)
Jesus, companion on my journey, I know you are present to me in the breaking of the bread. Thank you for the free gift of yourself. Help me to do the same.