We are invited throughout our lives ever more deeply into relationship with God, with each other, with the world, with all of creation. To do so requires that we enter the dance. There are many reasons to do so, and a few that keep us hesitant. For each person these are unique, but some of the blocks hinder our freedom by having us hide in a smaller or more fearful life than we are invited to live. At times we take refuge on the sidelines, or in monotony, time-fillers, or everyday tasks and needs – not believing that we too can find joy and lightness and full life. “I have come that you may have, and have it to the full,” says Jesus, God’s best word (Word) to us, (John 10:10). It’s as if God calls to us: “I want you to have full life. Come dance with me!”
This day focuses on understanding who we are by better seeing who God is – a God of mutual relationship whose dance of love in the Trinity is an amazing dynamic of joy. There will be time for listening, reflection, quiet, prayer, conversation. Consider this a specific invitation to a beautiful setting where you can look to step out and step into a renewed life of knowing God’s love, living loved, and moving forward boldly with enlarged generosity and sustaining hope. Lunch is included in all of our full-day retreats. Guided by Joanne Cahoon.
Joanne M. Cahoon holds a BA in Religious Studies; MA in Religion/Pastoral Ministry; Graduate Certificates in spiritual direction and in spirituality studies; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where her specialization was spirituality and practical theology. Along the way, Joanne has also taught in elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate school settings. She’s also served as youth minister, high school campus minister, consultant, writer, national trainer, diocesan staff member, staff member of a graduate school, spiritual director, facilitator of retreats and professional coach. Joanne has welcomed and worked with many individuals and groups, serving them as they listen for God’s invitations in their personal and corporate lives. She finds it a privilege to be involved in spiritual and human formation; bringing deep listening, presence, creativity and a commitment to her own ongoing formation to her work.