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.
Below we have included he text of the introduction first, and then the text from Day 1
“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.
My little ones, on this day I want you to reflect with Me on the different things that hold your thoughts “captive” with regard to our relationship –
What are the things that seem to impede our closer union?
Fears; sensing your unworthiness; perfectionism; arrogance; pride everything that puts a barrier between My thoughts and yours.
It may feel like an avalanche of things, little ones, :) I understand – and I want to relieve you of that weight.
Imagine My Heart, children, as a huge bonfire. Now come and toss all those thoughts and attitudes into the fire. All of them.
The Fire of Love of My Heart is such that it can consume it all :)
Satan wishes to bind you to himself, to sin, to death, to despair, with a triple chain: the chain that binds your thoughts – your mind; the chain that binds your emotions; the chain that binds your heart - your soul.
And I ask you to draw close to My Heart and let Me melt off those chains with the ever-growing Fire of Love.
Yes, little ones, what I say can sound like it is something “nice and “up in the clouds” :) but in reality what I ask you to do is very practical and concrete :)
Spend this day with Me, close to Me, and consciously bring to Me your mind, your thoughts, that I may sift through them, consume them, purify them, and break all chains that the enemy has used to pull you away from Me.
You are surrounded by Our Love, do not forget that, little children of My Heart.