This past weekend, more than two dozen directors and coordinators of religious education, youth ministry and the RCIA took time to recharge themselves spiritually and physically at a retreat sponsored by the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office. They could not have had a better venue than the beautiful Mt. Alvernia Retreat Center, a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the New York Province of the Immaculate Conception. The Center is in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., and overlooks the Hudson River. The weekend was organized by Oscar Cruz, director of the Catechumenate for the Catechetical Office, and a team of eight others
Don’t we all wish that we, too, could escape the stresses of everyday life, go away, and concentrate on the spiritual for just a little while? Of course, but it’s not always possible. So here are a few ideas for enjoying a spiritual spa without leaving home overnight
If you want to get into your car and escape for a short time, Mt. Alvernia offers one-day structured retreats and simple solitude days.
If that’s not do-able, consider an online retreat experience. Check out the possibilities at Loyola Press’s Ignatian Spirituality.com. If you are really pressed for time but still need a spiritual recharge, try a 3-minute retreat. You can create an oasis for yourself in your backyard or, if you live in the city, a nearby park or riverside path
The point is that you find a way to stop what you are doing, give your mind a break from the mundane, and re-connect with the divine. But don’t wait too long. The summer will be gone before you know it