Praying with Illness Online Retreat

Celtic_Cross_Wallpaper_by_dreadpira - resizedI will be facilitating a special online Lenten retreat, February 10th – March 31st.  This retreat is being offered by a wonderful ministry, Always We Begin Again (AWBA) that services those who live with chronic disease and their caregivers.  To register, go to Praying With Illness Registration or you can send an email to registration@myawba.org January 28 is the deadline and space is limited (but we still have room)

The upcoming online retreat will be a time to learn, relearn, or expand upon each participants understanding and practice of Lectio Divina and The Examen.  I will be drawing from both Mary C. Earl’s and the Linn’s books (mentioned in my previous blog) as we pray our way through Lent.  Each week I will share a little nugget from these authors as well as from my own life experiences.  Each week will have a Scripture verse or passage to connect us with the Lenten Journey.  I might also share some poems or pieces of art work, or other sacred texts.  However, the main text I will be inviting each of us to pay closest attention will be the sacred text of our bodies.  As this is a group experience, everyone will be invited to share from their reflections, so we can learn from one another’s experiences.  I first learned the prayer of Lectio Divina as a small group experience on a week-long retreat.  It is amazing how the Spirit moves within such groups.

I am excited about this opportunity to walk with others during Lent, and to be with each participant in prayer.  A phrase that you will often see me using when I close my thoughts is: “I will be holding you in the healing light of God’s love.”  Healing comes in may ways, but the source is God’s love, and the Gospel of John describes Jesus as being “the light of the world.”  So know that I will holding every participant in prayer and imaging God’s healing light surrounding you.  A friend recently shared the following quote with me, and Ii thought it to be very appropriate to share as you consider being a part of this Lenten Journey.

“So don’t b frightened, dear friend, if a sadness confronts you larger than any you have ever known, casting its shadow over all you do.  You must think that something is happening within you, and remember that life has not forgotten you; it holds you in its hand and will not let you fall.  Why would you want to exclude from your life any uneasiness, any pain, any depression, since you don’t know what work they are accomplishing within you?”

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

I also encourage you to share this with those whom you know that are living with chronic disease and their care givers.

Holding you in the healing light of God’s love…

Michael