Continue your journey
Reviewing your retreat
Take about 20 minutes for this prayer, longer if you wish, to look back over the days and weeks of the retreat at what God has been doing in and around you.
Take time to come to a still point using whatever has been helpful during Lent.
Ask God to show you whatever it would be most helpful to see. Ask for God’s light as you review the days and weeks of the retreat. What does God want you to notice as you look back, and to take forward into daily life?
Read through the following passage. How has what St Paul speaks of been true for you in the retreat?
May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of him. May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, what rich glories he has promised the saints will inherit and how infinitely great is the power that he has exercised for us believers.
Gently let the days and weeks of the retreat re-play before your mind’s eye.
What do you notice?
Where did you feel closest to God? Where did you feel most challenged? Where did you feel yourself to be most fully alive, most completely the person that God has created you to be?
Are there any biblical passages, words or phrases, or images, which capture something important for you to remember from these weeks, things that you can come back to in your prayer in the coming days and weeks?
End by speaking to God, as one friend speaks to another, about all that you have seen and felt in this prayerful review. Let this part of the prayer go where it will, leading you into thanksgiving, or asking for further gifts that you need from God, or perhaps simply into a companionable silence.
Some suggestions to follow your retreat
• Be realistic
• Aim at praying 5–10 minutes every day. You may be able to do more. If so, fine – but if not, don’t worry.
• Find a suitable time and place. Maybe a little corner in the house, somewhere very simple – a prayer corner with perhaps a statue, icon, bible, candle.
• Go to that place to pray.
• Rosary: Just one mystery: read it from the Gospel – pondering/searching. (This will cover 15 days.)
• Stations of the Cross: Can be prayed in the same way as Rosary. Walk around … gazing … just look … no need for words. Be there with Jesus and Mary. (A way to pray for Lent and Fridays.
• Daily Mass/other service you can attend: sometimes it just helps to spend time with God any way you can.
• The Prayer of the Church: available via an app like Universalis or with a breviary.
During Eastertide, why not pray with this audio retreat:
• This website offers daily prayers, as well as resources to take your prayer deeper. This includes Daily Offerings and Examens which you can use every day.
• www.pathwaystogod.org/my-prayer-life/Sunday Each week we publish a sheet of reflections on the Sunday readings suitable for praying in groups or at home.
• www.pray-as-you-go.org offers audio reflections to help you pray based on scripture for every day – online, via the app or via the podcast. They also have audio retreats.
• https://www.sacredspace.ie/ offers daily meditations on scripture.
Retreats and other experiences of Ignatian Spirituality
• https://www.pathwaystogod.org/courses-events-retreats (includes residential retreat centre at St Beuno’s as well as the Ignatian Spirituality Centre, Glasgow and the Mount Street Jesuit Centre, London.)
• http://www.retreats.org.uk (other retreats around the U.K.)
• Ongoing spiritual direction: in the London area please contact the Mount Street Jesuit Centre, and in Scotland please contact the Ignatian Spirituality Centre. Elsewhere in the country, please contact Sarah Young, Teams and People Coordinator: [email protected]
Organisations in your area
The British Province works closely with the following organisations which provide links to spiritual directors and prayer guides but also may run faith sharing groups.
Retreat House, Chester https://retreathousechester.co.uk/
St Bede's Pastoral Centre, York http://www.stbedes.org.uk/
Christian Life Community of England and Wales www.clcew.org.uk
Prego/St Beuno’s Outreach in the Diocese of Wrexham https://stbeunosoutreach.wordpress.com/
Manresa Link (in the West Midlands) https://www.manresalink.org.uk/
The Epiphany Group (Scotland) http://www.epiphanygroup.org.uk/
Hearts on Fire (Sacred Heart, Boscombe)
Thanks to Fr David Birchall SJ and the team at the Ignatian Spirituality Centre, Glasgow for the use of their material and advice; thanks to Ruth Holgate, Stephen Hoyland and Fr Paul Nicholson SJ for use of material from the booklet ‘Resources for Weeks of Guided Prayer’; to various Jesuits of the British Province for providing Daily Offerings and material for the Examen.
The writers of each week’s reflections were:
ASH WEDNESDAY TO SATURDAY – Dr Catriona Fletcher, ISC Glasgow
FIRST WEEK OF LENT – Fr Philip Harrison SJ, Biblical Institute, Rome
SECOND WEEK OF LENT – Fr Peter Edmonds SJ and Peter O’Sullivan SJ
THIRD WEEK OF LENT – Prego Team, St Beuno’s Outreach, North Wales
FOURTH WEEK – Brian Purfield, Mount Street Jesuit Centre, London
FIFTH WEEK OF LENT – Teresa McCaffery
HOLY WEEK – Fr Nicholas King SJ, Campion Hall, Oxford
Biblical texts came from the New Revised Standard Version via Oremus Bible Browser.
Particular thanks to all the networks and individuals who have collaborated and given their time to this Lent Retreat.