On the 10th to the 12th of October 2014 close to forty young adults participated in a retreat at Eagles Nest in Gidgegannup. The retreat organised by Catholic Youth Ministry Perth, was a great success. Participants from various parishes and communities had the opportunity to take time out to relax, pray, and grow closer to God.
University of Notre Dame student Christen Sheffer, said, “It helped me to realize how important prayer is, and gave me a new way to pray through contemplation. Also talking to people and seeing how they live their faith was great, and to be able to relate to someone who’s striving in their faith.”
The focus of the retreat was cultivating a prayer life and learning to pray. The highlight for many was the combination of informative and practical talks, as well as a significant period of time in silence.
The time in silence gave the participants the opportunity to spend time in adoration, practice the practical tips they had learnt, reconnect and grow closer to God, plus prepare for reconciliation. The silence culminated in a walk to a nearby lookout, where we were reminded that it is to the heights, to heaven that we are called. Following the walk, participants also had the chance to relax and socialise over wine, cheese and acoustic music
The theme for the retreat was “To the Heights”, which was inspired by the saying of Bl. Pier Georgio Frassati, who is also CYM’s patron. Verso L’alto or “To the heights” means to tend towards heaven, fix our eyes on heaven and aim to soar to the heights of holiness through whatever circumstances we find ourselves. Through developing a strong and constant prayer life we allow ourselves, by the process of theosis, to be transformed into the image and likeness of God.
The retreat gave the opportunity to take some time out, spend time in prayer growing closer to God, get to know other young Catholics, and be better equipped to go back to our everyday lives.