"Rest for Your Souls" Retreat: Introduction
We would like to invite you to make a personal retreat, at your convenience.
Rest for Your Souls is a retreat developed for the Staff here at the Mission, but we would like to share it with all of our friends.
To make the retreat, you are invited to set aside 3-4 hours on each of three days, when you can spend time with the Lord. They can be any set of days and times that are convenient for you. This is your retreat.
At the beginning of your retreat time you are invited to read that day's Reflection as if it was Jesus Who was speaking to you.
Your retreat time can include Holy Mass, Adoration, Confession, quiet times at home, walks in nature, or all of the above. It is up to you. And Our Lord.
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest – rest for your souls.”
My little children, you do not know how much I love you and how I long to spend time with you – when our hearts can speak to each other and we can rest one in the other.
Yes, little ones, I rest in you. I come and lay My head on your heart, happy to find love, and faith, and obedience; happy to find My children.
In the world and in this life there is so much work to do, so much weariness, so much exhaustion. So much exhaustion of your souls because of suffering, of the different trials of faith and obedience, of the requirements of charity, and of so many other struggles that you constantly live in order to be faithful to Me.
I created My children free of all of these things – I gave them the sovereign freedom of being My children, children of the Great King. But sin and the hatred of Satan has deprived My children of this freedom.
My little ones, it is this freedom that I invite you to live now – that I offer to you; and that just as My Mercy is gathered by one vessel only – trust – as I told My little Faustina, so this freedom is only attained through the simple and childlike Faith. It is written with a capital “F”, little ones, to make you aware of its importance and life-giving quality, as opposed to the “usual” faith that is more common, but lesser. I am training you in the receiving and living of this Great Faith, the living and sovereign Faith of My true children.
I want it to shine in you as a precious Jewel; to well up in you as a life-giving spring; to burn in you with the Fire of My Love.
What I ask of you, My children, My beloved little ones, My faithful ones, is Faith. Only this absolute, undying Faith in My Love for you – in Me – in what I have said to you – in what I have promised you.
My little ones, I need this Faith in you so that you can be truly and entirely Free to be at My disposal...
In order to be My instruments, I need you to be Free by means of Faith.
Be little with Me :), full of trust like a little child, who not knowing how to do what the Father asks, in all simplicity tells Him: “Father, I do not know how to do what you ask, but I want to do it :) help Me, for I am little, too little and poor….”
I cannot resist this prayer :) and I come and I teach you :) and I carry you in My arms :)
Offer to Me your desires to live Faith and receive My Freedom, and I will do the rest,
My children, do you see that by doing this you [already] begin to live in Freedom? :)
During these three days... I want you to reflect on this, on the freedom that comes through Faith.