Welcome fellow pilgrim to this adventure of wonder, discovery, and companionship! As with any significant journey, taking some time to prepare only enhances the trip. Since this is a pilgrimage of the heart, let us gift ourselves with the following spiritual exercises:

PREPARATION #1

Listen to the following audio reflection by Fr. Michael Himes. He talks about the first of three questions to ask when trying to determine what to do with your life. Afterwards, take some time to reflect on the questions that follow. Journaling will help you more.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What brings me consistent joy these days?

  2. How it is a “deep delight” & “pushes you forward”?

PREPARATION #2

Listen to the following homily by Msgr. Connolly on the Epiphany-Magi passage (Mt. 2:1-12). (Even if you have already listened to his homily, treat yourself with another hearing.) Afterwards, take some time to reflect on the questions that follow. Journaling will help you more.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What is the “more” you are looking for in your life?

  2. How is this looking for the “more” nourishing your soul?

  3. How is this quest draining your soul?

ON THE WAY

Listen to this gem of a talk on beginning journeys as you & your companions drive to the retreat center. Share freely with one another what struck you about Fr. Michael Fish’s invitation to “wake up to who you are & why you are.”