A Journey to the Heart
prayer Retreat is designed to give a sense of deeper movement in our
Journey into the Heart of our God. You are encouraged to pass through
this Journey to the Heart beginning with part one of the "Retreat
Series", "Heart of the Child" and choose one or more
Prayer Poems while completing that series. Then proceed in order through
the series to the last, "The Consecration of the Heart"
for a complete movement.
your time is limited, you may want to choose one series each day so
that you get to the last movement within the week. Begin again the
next week, picking a different poem from each section, repeating until
all the poems and most readings have been experienced.
may then wish to repeat the Retreat, picking the poems and readings
that speak to you the most. It is most important to not rush through
the prayers, readings and poems, but to spend ample time in reflection
during and between each, allowing the Holy Spirit to work in you.
a day of recollection, you may wish to spend an hour or so with each
series, then allow some break time in between to allow the Spirit
to move between each segment and to come to each refreshed. If you
try to do too much at once, you may lose some of the impact due to
the intensity of the readings and poems.
a weekend retreat, you may wish to space the series out more, either
having worship experiences, especially Praise, between them and/or
other activities, or simply allowing yourself to experience more than
one poem and reading per series. This would be especially appropriate
in the Passion series so that the whole movement of the Passion is
experienced. This would also be important, for example, in a Lenten
retreat -- in which case, you may wish to adjust the final series
(Consecration), depending on the objectives of the retreat.
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