Our annual formation retreat was last weekend. It was, without a doubt, one of the best retreats I have ever experienced. The retreat leader was Fr. Kenan Peters, C.P.
I took more notes than usual and would like to give you some highlights. This was the first talk on Saturday morning. It was very Ignatian, though he did not identify it as such.
- God is “I AM”; not I was, not I will be. He is a God of the present and is outside of time as we understand time.
- God is in each moments of our lives, good and bad; therefore no event is all bad as this would imply that God is not present and he is – always.
- Prayer cancels out worry and worry cancels out prayer.
- Fr. Kenan said if God came to him and asked him what gift he would like from God, it would be the gift of absolute trust.
- If we had that trust, we would not worry.
- Be present in each moment and then let it go, moving on to the next.
- poverty of spirit means we are totally dependent on God
- we have no identity outside of Christ
- we have an authentic Christian attitude toward life
- this poverty of spirit draws us to Christ
- Gods needs our humility and helplessness
- The Body of Christ is each one of us
- Christ’s passion is the passion of all humanity
- we all wind up on the cross with Jesus, taking our place there with total helplessness
- in life, Jesus’ passion is lived out with each of us taking turns with the lead role
- hope is rooted in the cross