A very nice crowd of Serrans and spouses attended the retreat given by our Chaplain Monsignor Mullen at the Savior Pastoral Center. The theme was the Beatitudes from the Gospel of Matthew 5:3-12.
After a time of socializing with our fellow Serrans over a small brunch, Monsignor led us in morning prayers with the Liturgy of the Hours.
Before diving into the Beatitudes, Monsignor recalled many happy memories of the Archdiocesan High School Seminary-now the Savior Pastoral Center that opened 54 years ago-which he had the privilege of helping to administer.
With numerous quotes from Pope Francis and our Catechism, Monsignor opened our eyes and hearts to the richness of the eight Beatitudes given to us by Jesus Christ, also known as The Sermon On the Mount.
Pope Francis has urged all Catholics to make The Beatitudes a part of our lives. They should through prayerful contemplation help us to discern what God is asking us to do.
Detachment from our worldly ways, humility, and a configuration to Jesus Christ were dominant themes extolled in order to truly live The Beatitudes.
After getting through the first four Beatitudes, we broke for table discussions and pondered questions Monsignor had given us. We then shared some of our thoughts with the entire group. Afterwards we celebrated Mass in the beautiful Chapel led by Monsignor and assisted by seminarian Keith Chadwick.
After Mass we had a nice time to again socialize and have lunch in the cafeteria.
The last 4 Beatitudes were discussed with the idea of using all of them as an examination of conscience as promoted by St. Teresa of Avila. Also mentioned was Father Haggerty in his book Conversion that delivers the importance of a spiritual reflection on the mercy of Jesus Christ on the cross.
The retreat was indeed a perfect time to reflect on our own spirituality during this Lenten season and delving deep into the Beatitudes was the perfect spiritual medicine as led so beautifully by our dear Chaplain Monsignor Mullen.
Some of the resources noted by Monsignor.
Catechism of the Catholic Church: Sections 1716, 554, 2546, 1720, 2528, 2305, 2330 and 520.
Rejoice and be Glad: Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, Chapter 3, In Light of the Master.
Conversion: Spiritual insights into an Essential Encounter with God by Father Donald Haggerty