Join Your Heart In Prayer & Preparation
Here are some tips to help you step away from your daily stresses and immerse yourself in a time of quiet, prayer, and reflection as you prepare for your at-home retreat:
Block out the Time: Spend some time prayerfully reviewing the schedule for your region’s retreat and decide when and how you will block out the time to participate. Setting aside time may look different for each of us. We may need to pre-arrange childcare, take time off work, or delegate family responsibilities.
Prepare your Retreat Space: Dedicate a space in your home where you will participate in the retreat. Think creatively about a space where you will experience the fewest interruptions and can find the quiet you need to pray. Prepare that space by ensuring you have somewhere comfortable to sit and access the internet. A day or two before the retreat, gather items like your rosary, bible, prayer cards, or a journal that you might want during the retreat.
Make Time for Confession: A retreat is a wonderful opportunity to deepen and strengthen your relationship with God. One of the best ways to prepare for that is through receiving the sacrament of reconciliation. Make time to do this before the retreat so you will be in a state of grace and open to the work God wants to do in you during your retreat.
Pray and Reflect on the Retreat Scripture: Spend some time in prayer reflecting on Matthew 5:12, the scripture that inspired the theme for these retreats with this reflection from retired military chaplain Father Redmond Raux, the pastor of St. George Catholic Community, Patrick Air Force Base.