Broken, Beautiful, and Beloved: Learning to See Ourselves Through God’s Eyes
So often we imagine that in order to be loved we must become better, different, perfect. But what if the things we think need to be “fixed” in order to make us more lovable – flaws and weaknesses, mistakes and sins – are the very things that make us beautiful in our own way? In this retreat, we will use Psalm 139 as a touchstone and will learn to see our brokenness as a beauty mark instead of a scar. We will use prayer, stories, humor, journaling and more to begin to remove the filters that color our vision and see ourselves as God does — wonderfully made, imperfections and all. An optional yoga session will also be held. This will be a semi-silent retreat: silent breakfasts and silent evenings after our closing sessions. (For those who want deeper silence, there is the option to take all meals in silence.) Guided by Mary DeTurris Poust.
Check in begins at 3pm. The retreat will begin after dinner.
Mary DeTurris Poust is a writer, retreat leader, and the author of numerous books on Catholic spirituality, including Everyday Divine: A Catholic Guide to Active Spirituality. She writes about the spiritual journey on her blog, Not Strictly Spiritual, and in her monthly column, Life Lines. She is also director of communications for the Diocese of Albany, N.Y. A registered yoga teacher who loves kayaking, camping, and mixed media painting, Mary lives in upstate New York with her husband, Dennis, and their three children. Visit her website at www.NotStrictlySpiritual.com.