Discern ‘How I Long to Love You’ on Valentine’s Day

Paul Keggington

February 14, 2010

Boarding a plane with final destination a convent for February 14? On a weekend traditionally focused on love, young women truly arrived at the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s Motherhouse for a discernment retreat entitled: How I Long to Love You

Apart from a totally cool Valentine theme, Friday’s Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics was a jumpstart for sharing introductions. Even simple refreshments and sharing carried this focus. A candlelit night prayer beginning with an awesomely vivid flame picturesquely moved souls to reflect on the passionate love of God.

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A pilgrimage prayer on Saturday morning acquainted retreatants with the wisdom of St. Bonaventure’s The Tree of Life centering Jesus as the goal of all things. After a dramatic telling of St. Francis’ conversion experience with a leper, all reflected on readings from the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Eucharist, a true gift of love from Christ. For those without Wisconsin winter experiences, there was time to get feet wet in new fallen snow.

img_7383.jpgSaturday evening music outreach’s destination was St. Peter the Fisherman, Two Rivers. Father William O’Brien and a full church of faithful welcomed the visiting troubadours as they shared their musical gifts. Franciscan Sisters serving in the parish arranged that the musicians and singers enjoy pizza before returning to the Motherhouse for other weekend retreat action.

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What does your heart long for on this day?

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