Reviewing your retreat

A lake with trees next to it

Take about 20 minutes for this prayer, longer if you wish, to look back over the days/weeks of the retreat at what God has been doing in and around you.

Take time to come to a still point in whatever way you prefer. You could try one of these exercises. 

Ask God to show you whatever it would be most helpful to see. Ask for God’s light as you review the days and weeks of the retreat. What does God want you to notice as you look back, and to take forward into daily life?

Read through the following passage. How has what St Paul speaks of been true for you in the retreat?

Ephesians 1:17–19

May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of him. May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, what rich glories he has promised the saints will inherit and how infinitely great is the power that he has exercised for us believers.

 

Gently let the days/weeks of the retreat re-play before your mind’s eye.

What do you notice?

Where did you feel closest to God? Where did you feel most challenged? Where did you feel yourself to be most fully alive, most completely the person that God has created you to be?

Are there any biblical passages, words or phrases, or images, which capture something important for you to remember from this time, things that you can come back to in your prayer in the coming days and weeks?



End by speaking to God, as one friend speaks to another, about all that you have seen and felt in this prayerful review. Let this part of the prayer go where it will, leading you into thanksgiving, or asking for further gifts that you need from God, or perhaps simply into a companionable silence.

Some suggestions to follow your retreat

• Be realistic

• Aim at praying 5–10 minutes every day. You may be able to do more. If so, fine – but if not, don’t worry.

• Find a suitable time and place. Maybe a little corner in the house, somewhere very simple – a prayer corner with perhaps a statue, icon, bible, candle. 

• Go to that place to pray.

• Rosary: Just one mystery: read it from the Gospel – pondering/searching. (This will cover 15 days.)

• Stations of the Cross: Can be prayed in the same way as Rosary. Walk around … gazing … just look … no need for words. Be there with Jesus and Mary. (A way to pray for Lent and Fridays.)

• Daily Mass/other service you can attend: sometimes it just helps to spend time with God any way you can.

• The Prayer of the Church: available via an app like Universalis or with a breviary.

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