Exploring our relationship with God, ourselves, and with others, on September 26th, Sr. Bernadette Anello, MSC and Cabrini Mission Corps missioner, Crystal Catalan, led a “Path of Life” retreat at the ICM House of Prayer, a retreat center run by the Missionaries of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Conveniently, it was walking distance from Casa Cabrini, and in attendance were 26 young professionals and college students (the majority of which came from SOSCFI – the Save Our School Children Foundation, Inc.).
The morning began with energetic icebreakers and teaching the hand motions to the theme song for the day, “On A Mission” composed by B. Cossentino and J. Lafontaine. The morning session was led by Sr. Bernadette, speaking on the call from God. Reflecting on the call that Mary received, Isaiah, and Joseph, the retreatants were given the opportunity to reflect and think about how God has spoken to them in their lives, and how they have responded.
Later, Crystal led a session on getting in touch with the personal journey on which God has called us. Walking the retreatants through the timeline activity, Crystal shared and reflected on her own personal journey, and later, the retreatants were instructed to do the same, and after, to share in their groups.
After a delicious lunch, mass was celebrated in the afternoon by Fr. Saluba. At this time, all were invited to join the penitential rite, where each individual wrote his or her sins on a slip of paper, and one by one, they each burned the piece of paper and dropped it into the ceramic jar. It was beautiful!
After the uplifting and inspiring mass, a mini dance/exercise session was needed to get some energy back for the afternoon! The retreatants were all ready then to begin the next activity, which was reflecting on their relationships with others.
On large posters, each group wrote their names along with the different gifts/talents they each had, and also affirmed one another’s gifts and talents. After a very insightful and entertaining time of sharing each other’s talents, the retreat closed with a send-off prayer session, which included Oscar Romero’s prayer, “A Future Not Our Own.”
Led by the Spirit, it was a very inspiring time for all, and as the prayer continues, “We plant seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.” Indeed, many seeds were planted.
~ submitted by Sr. Bernadette Anello, MSC and CMC missioner Crystal Catalan