I’m anxious for the week to move along, as I’m attending our Knights of Columbus annual retreat this weekend. Each year Fr. Foster Council 9518 of Ralston, NE hosts a retreat in the middle of winter at the Creighton University Retreat Center in Griswold, IA. The retreat center is a former Boy Scout Camp, and has been enhanced, expanded, and improved for many years under the direction of Fr. David Smith, SJ. The center is owned and operated by the Jesuits of Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Our Council believes that the work we do must be grounded in a genuine spirituality. The Knights of Columbus aren’t just do-gooders; they are Catholic gentlemen seeking to serve Christ among us in a variety of ways. Find out more about the Knights of Columbus here.
I’ve attended the retreat for many years, and have always been delighted by the wildlife encountered during the weekend. The main chapel, named after Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, features floor-to-ceiling windows along the south side. I’ve yet to attend Mass there without seeing deer moving through the forest. I’m hoping to encounter some this weekend, too.
Retreats are important for anyone serious about the spiritual life. It’s important for us to tithe some of our time each year to listen to the voice of the Lord, and to draw close to God in a pronounced and unhurried manner.
I remember being in Rome during the Jubilee (Holy) Year 2000 – signs were posted at all the basilicas reminding everyone (in multiple languages) that a pilgrimage is about an interior journey of the heart, not just a physical vacation of the body.
If you haven’t been on a retreat lately, take some time to schedule one right now. It’s a New Year’s Resolution worth keeping. If you’ve never been on a retreat, drop me a line for some suggestions, or contact your diocesan family life office. They can share with you what is available in your area.
Please pray for me this weekend, I’ll be like a deer longing for running water . . .