He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”
Jesus was talking to the Apostles after they returned from their first excursion as missionaries. Two by two, they had gone around the neighboring areas, preaching His Good News of repentance and salvation. Though they had been successful, they were likely very worn out physically and spiritually.
Does that sound familiar?
It is God, through the words of Jesus, inviting all of us to spend some time away to rest and, in quiet surroundings, hear His voice.
Our first thought might be, easy for Him to say, but what about all those things I have to do – my job, my kids, the unfinished chores around the house, the meals that need to be cooked?
But think again. Those things will be there when we return. Perhaps we will be better at them after recharging body and spirit.
Our Retreat Centers are not really deserted places, but they offer a quiet environment and a variety of programs geared to your particular needs and schedules. They also have a room if you just need a quiet day or two by yourself to sort things out, or perhaps just get away and rest.
And, being Franciscan retreat centers, you can count on two hallmarks of our life – beautiful natural surroundings and great food.
Feel free to click on the links to our Retreat Centers to find schedules of retreat offerings and other opportunities to spend some time away from the noise of everyday life, listening instead to God.
Then the Lord said, “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the Lord will be passing by.”
A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the Lord – but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake – but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire – but the Lord was not in the fire.
After the fire there was a whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave.
A voice said to him, “Elijah, why are you here?” He replied, “I have been most zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts…”
1 Kings 19:11-14