CIS newsletter - April '16

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From the Editor

We are in the Easter season. Still basking in the joy of the Risen One. This may be a good time to find time to stop from our busy routines, be still to listen. We have a number of proposals for you coming up.

Upcoming events …

Retreat in the countryside

Nature - Stillness - Peace

Butterfly on flower

Have you ever felt that the day to day routine squeezes out moments of stillness? Have you ever felt that the beauty of nature helps you connect with God? This retreat uses the sights and sounds of nature to enable us to meditate its author.

Style: Inputs' and moments of personal prayers and meditation in the silence of Manresa House as well as during country walks or in some quiet wayside chapel or on the sea-shore. Collective prayers and time for 'sharing' are included.

Led by Clare Camilleri u Rosalie Scicluna
Fri 15 Apr - Sun 17 Apr
Open to all  -  Manresa house, Gozo

Retreat for families with children

Countryside outings, prayers for parents and for whole family, sharing, relax as a family; separate programme for children.

Family at sunset in silhouette

How is your family evolving? Is it a happy family? What are the hindrances and the helpful solutions for your family to achieve your desired goal in today's world?

Style: The programme includes countryside outings, prayers, meditation, sharing within the group, time to relax as a family, prayers for adults and children together.  A separate programme will be organised for children.

Led by Fr. Paul Chetcuti SJ
Fri 29 Apr - Sun 01 May
Open to Families with children  -  Manresa house, Gozo

Prayers in colour (for adults)

Seeing God through modern art as well as all-time classic paintings

Lida Sherafatmand's painting

Paintings have the power to stir us deeper that words. They have the potential to move us internally and bring us closer to God and to ourselves. Do you find it difficult to pray using texts? Would you like to enrich your prayer life through art? This retreat is for you… We'll be accompanied by classical works of art and modern paintings by Lida Sherafatmand, who will be present to help us with this experience.

Style: Lida will present a set of paintings and explain her interpretation of the emotions the artist sought to communicate. Participants will then be encouraged to find their own personal meaning for the painting and to share it with the group if they desire. There will also be suggested readings for personal prayer to help participants transform the paintings into instruments for personal conversion. Led by Lida Sherafatmand

Led by Lida Sherafatmand & Fr Chris Vella
Fri 06 May - Sun 08 May
Open to all  -  Mount St. Joseph, Mosta

Prayers in colour (for children)

Seeing God through painted art

Children have an innate capacity to understand with their hearts and a wonderful ability to imagine. Led by Lida Sherafatmand, who is both a teacher and  an artist,  children will surely enjoy this creative journey.

Style: Lida will present a set of paintings and explain her interpretation of the emotions the artist sought to communicate in a language that is understandable by children (9 to 14 years of age). The children will then be encouraged to find their own personal meaning for the painting and to share it with the group if they desire. The themes that come out will then be used in guided prayer.

Led by Lida Sherafatmand & Fr Chris Vella
Fri 06 May - Sun 08 May
Open to Children between 9 and 14 years  -  Mount St. Joseph

Coming Up later … 

The art of making good choices

Discover the will of God - discover your true self

Life is a string of decisions, small and big, and the quality of our decisions will shape our lives. Ignatius of Loyola understood the process of deciding very profoundly and shared this wisdom in his writings on spiritual discernment. This retreat will examine his time-honoured advice and help participants apply it in concrete decisions.

Style: A residential seminar/retreat with short 'inputs', personal reflection and the application of the discernment principles in real life situations.

Led by Fr. Chris Vella SJ
Fri 13 May - Sun 15 May
Open to all  -  Manresa

Healing Life's Hurts

Discover Jesus as a healer

Broken glass

All of us are wounded in some way since pain is an integral part of what it means to be human. This retreat will be an opportunity to put our hurts and struggles at the foot of the cross and come in touch with a compassionate God who never fails to accompany us no matter how dark it gets.

Style: A residential retreat with short 'inputs', prayers and reflection individually and in group.

Led by Fr. Alex Refalo u Sr. Magdalene Cauchi
Fri 20 May - Sun 22 May
Open to Religious and consecrated persons  -  Mount St. Joseph, Mosta

Seeking inspiration … 

‘In this hospice he began to speak with many who came to visit him, of the things of God, by whose grace much fruit was derived.’ (Autobiography of Saint Ignatius [88])

Whilst in Spain, close to his birthplace, Ignatius decided to stay at a hospice rather than at his family home since he felt a humbler place of residence reflected his lifestyle better. Whilst living at the hospice, many perceived that he was a man of God and came to speak to him and to listen to his teachings.

Let us pray to God for his grace that we, like Ignatius, become a source of light that enables the people who meet us to glimpse God through our actions and words.


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