I recently went on a Catholic women’s retreat. The idea came to mind after seeing something online, and I decided to try it out. I wasn’t sure what to expect, since I had never been on a weekend-long retreat. I assumed I might be the only person without grey hair and children. It turned out that most attendees were in fact a few decades ahead of me, but there were also younger women who came in search of the peace and presence of Christ in their lives. During introductions, almost every woman stated she was in need of a break from a hectic job, college classes or challenging family obligations.
I was surprised and happy to meet some great people with whom I bonded with while sharing meals, going for walks and discussing life. What struck me during the presentations was how far I have come in understanding Catholicism. A few short months ago we were learning to follow Christ – to really come to know Him and rely on Him in our daily lives. Some of us have made our lives so busy that we don’t realize how much we are missing out on in terms of practicing our faith.
While the retreat provided new learning for all attendees, I truly felt that I was a step ahead, after having experienced ChristLife. I have been inspired to re-learn and continue practicing my faith, and I have never felt so excited to be Catholic. I love that each day is a new opportunity to learn, pray, share, and be with Christ, even when we feel stretched to our limits.
Once in a while we all need time to slow down and reflect on what’s happening inside ourselves as a result of our lifestyles. Then we can pinpoint where we are on the road-map, and where we should be headed.
- Written by: Susan Eick