Did not our hearts burn within us as he spoke to us on the road and explained scripture to us?
ON THE ROAD TO EMMAUS
A FIVE DAY INTERACTIVE RETREAT
EXCLUSIVELY FOR MEN IN MINISTRY
JULY 18TH TO JULY 23RD, 2010
MOUNT MARY IMMACULATE RETREAT CENTRE
ANCASTER ,ONTARIO ,CANADA
Our unique combination of Scripture and a gentle therapeutic approach that has helped many men of different denominations to find inner peace, renewal and new beginnings. The experience of sharing in fraternal confidentiality and trust in these gatherings has encouraged many to take heart in a new future. Be strong as we wait for the Lord of hope and understanding for our life and our ministry.
A combination of different patterns offer ways of opening up to the self: Scripture, dream interpretation, psychodrama, group activities, a gentle therapeutic approach. Participants benefit from sharing and accepting their own narrative. There is creative input: suggestions of hope, self-confidence, self-awareness and self- esteem offered each day. These deep relaxations help us to renew and explore our deeper selves and our vocation.
Note: Program begins Sunday evening at 8pm. Please check in before 6:30 at the retreat Centre. Have dinner before you arrive – No dinner provided on Sunday.
A Prayer of Listening with the Heart
Spirituality, Wellness, Psychotherapy
It is when we internalize the experience of the Gospel encounters that we are able to feel them as a living experience. A concrete experience that causes us to say with the disciples. “Did not our hearts burn within us on the road and explained the scriptures to us.” As they were transformed and were moved to return immediately to Jerusalem, so too, we are transformed and are moved to return to the ‘Jerusalem’ in our hearts where we first heard the call to ministry. Meditative psychotherapy has the energy to transform and heal us from the rift within ourselves. When we speak about gentle psychotherapy we are speaking about meditative psychotherapy. *“ A small body of recent psychoanalytic findings indicates that mystical experiences produce personality changes. They do so in the same manners as psychoanalysis”.
We are assured that ,“Nothing is impossible with God.”
* Crucified with Christ Dan Merkur
As disciples of THE RISEN JESUS, We are ALIVE AND HEADING BACK INTO A RENEWED RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD.
In company of one another we are astounded and amazed and full of hope for the future.
“THE RESURRECTION CAN ONLY BE RECEIVED AND AFFIRMED AND CELEBRATED AS THE NEW ACTION OF GOD, WHOSE PROVINCE IS TO CREATE NEW FUTURES FOR THE PEOPLE AND LET THEM BE AMAZED IN THE MIDST OF DESPAIR” (Walter Brueggemann, The prophetic Imagination, Fortress Press)
It is with the help of Scripture, prayer, the Eucharist, and sharing our experiences, telling our stories, that we begin the process. By realizing the meaning of our dreams, and trusting discernment we are learning how to refresh our ministry. By accepting the assistance of a gentle focus in a living community of faith and understanding,we experience renewal, a healing peace and rejuvenation of the body, mind and spirit truly in fraternal company of Men In Ministry.
The Journey into Self-discovery for Men In Ministry offers a unique opportunity for immersion and transformation in the Resurrection.
It is often when we are fleeing our fears that we meet Him: “The One' WHO IS”, who has been travelling with us, and with joy we turn around and hasten back to where we came from.
Psychotherapy is a focused, compassionate process that encourages us to discover the life we have within us.
YOU WILL DO THE WORKS JESUS DOES
Truly, truly, I tell you,
The one who trusts me will also do the works that I do,
in fact, will do greater works than these.
This is what Jesus is leading up to:
his disciples will continue his mission and his works.
But what is this mission?
It is to give life, eternal life,
and to reveal the face and heart of God to people.
It is to be a presence of God in the world
where there is an absence of God.
:: Jean Vanier–Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus through the Gospel of John, Novalis