The LORD bless you and keep you.
The LORD shine his face upon you and be gracious to you.
The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace.
~ Numbers 6: 24-26
During this time of year the rhythm of life picks up pace. We prepare for holidays and holy seasons of great significance in our spiritual and secular lives – Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, and the dawn of a New Year. This retreat reminds us that every day is holy and that, when we pay attention, we can be blessed by the ordinary of our relationships, environments, and work. Blessing is a form of prayer that draws our attention to the people, places, and activities that open our hearts, bring us joy, and connect us to what often goes unnoticed. We will use scripture and poetry as models for how to receive and give blessings, a prayer process that can set the tone for the upcoming holy seasons. Guided by Linda Mastro.
Friends Day of Prayer retreats are held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. Everyone is welcome to attend and you can drop into any month. It’s not required to attend every retreat. Everyone will gather for coffee and pastries for the first half hour. Linda will give a morning presentation, and then Mass will be available in the Chapel afterwards. A delicious lunch will be served and then Linda will give an afternoon presentation. Free time will be offered to walk the labyrinth, sit by the pond, spend quiet time in prayer or shop in the bookstore.
Linda Mastro is a graduate and on the faculty of the Bon Secours Spiritual Direction Institute. She is also an Associate of Bon Secours. Linda is a spiritual companion for individuals and groups. She brings a spirit of compassion and light-heartedness to her work as a women’s retreat facilitator, pilgrimage leader, and workshop guide. Linda is co-author of the book Petite Retreats: Renewing Body, Mind, and Spirit without Leaving Home. Learn more about Linda at livingpilgrimage.com.