Many thanks to Dan Hale ( head of CAFOD Campaigns ) for leading the retreat on Countering Consumerism on Saturday. It was an excellent day focusing on the Pope’s new letter Gaudete Et Exsultate ( Rejoice and Be Glad ), and his call to holiness. We started the morning with a reflection on The Beatitudes which led into an ice breaker where we split up into groups and introduced ourselves and shared which beatitude spoke most to us . We created a “web” using wool showing how we are all related to each other . After that there was time for individual reflection either in the beautiful chapel at St Joseph’s retreat centre or around the lovely grounds among the stunning autumn trees.
After a delicious lunch of soup and sandwiches we then followed the Jesuit tradition of an examination of conscience and focused on an ecological examne looking at 4 areas:- clothes, food, travel and electronics and how our choices impact on the world and each other. This exercise led to very interesting discussions and left us all with lots to think about. We ended the day with a closing liturgy exploring the webs that we had created in the morning . I hope that all those who came to the day found it as inspiring and challenging as I did!
Many thanks to St Joseph Retreat Centre in Ashurst for hosting the day and thank you so much to all those who joined us for sharing your ideas and experiences.
If you would like to come to one of these retreats there is another one on 24th November at Romero House London from 10am to 4pm just book your place here