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A Pilgrim’s Retreat: The Binding and Unbinding
October 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - October 9, 2021 @ 3:30 pmFree
The Raising of Lazarus, Decani Monastery (14th century)
The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
– John 11:44 (NIV)
The world is a complicated place, easily able to distract and to confuse us. And we each are well able to add to its complexities when we have forgotten from where – that is, from Whom – we are, and towards what – that is, towards Whom – we are.
Remember the fierce clarity of Jesus about this very thing even as He was about to enter the darkest, most confusing time of His earthly life. See John 13: 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he had come from God and was returning to God… (New Jerusalem Bible, 1990).
A pilgrim may not know much, but he or she knows enough if he or she, knows from Whom and towards Whom he or she goes. Armed with this clarity, the Way becomes for us that of a Pilgrim (Latin: peregrinus (masculine) and peregrina (feminine).
All three of us at the Faber Institute will be at work on this Retreat: Mary Edmonds as Presider and Host; Rick Ganz and Tara Ludwig as Speakers and Directors. On Friday evening, October 8th, from 7 PM to 8:30 PM (at the latest) we will begin the Retreat in your homes, using the Zoom platform. Then on Saturday, we will gather online again at 9 AM to continue the Retreat. We will take a full hour “rest” for lunch and silence from 12 noon to 1 PM. Then we will continue at 1 PM and conclude the Retreat by no later than 3:30 PM.
The structure of the Retreat will be that of the most famous Retreat format known in the Western world – the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
A Retreat is not designed to “do something” to you as the retreatant. No, you come as you are, consecrating the time, giving yourself as fully, and unguardedly, to God as you can. God does the rest … and God is exceptionally good at what He does. Mary and Tara and Rick work to help you give yourself to God in exactly the way that you, each, can, but to a degree much greater than you thought you desired or could.
Welcome to A Pilgrim’s Retreat!
This gathering will be held online via Zoom, due to Covid restrictions.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84720255728?pwd=YUp3ckpqT0xFdzhJcGJWUEZwMzVOdz09
Meeting ID: 847 2025 5728