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Clergy Renewal before Lent


clergy-renewal-1Come away and rest awhile.
Be renewed in Body, Mind and Spirit.

Lent and Easter are a busy time in the life of a congregation, and most especially for clergy and other ministry leaders.  Now that your planning is done (or nearly so) take a day for yourself. Get some rest. Visit with colleagues. Pray.

You are encouraged to come and stay for the entire day, but you are certainly free to come or as much or little as you are able. See the schedule below.

This day is being offered as a gift to you, so that you might be more ready to serve those Christ has given you to accompany into this coming season.

Please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly.
214-526-7291 or info@iVitalMinistry.org

Proposed Schedule:

  • 8:30am – Building opens – coffee and conversation
  • 9am – Gather for introductions and morning prayer
  • 10 am – Tai Chi, or individual / group prayer and conversation
  • 11am – Sharing our hopes for the Lenten Journey
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 1pm – Silent meditation or small group discussion
  • 2:30 – Prayer Exercises
  • 3:30 – Closing

Lunch and snacks will be provided during the day.
You are encouraged to bring friends and colleagues, from your own congregation or other settings.


Patient Trust

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.trust in the slow work of god
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We would like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet, it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability –
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually – let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time,
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming in you will be.
Give our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.


Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ:
This is from the wonderful little prayer book titled Hearts on Fire: Praying with the Jesuits. It’s a great book – highly recommended.

S.L.O.W. Being struck by wonder. Or not.

Mark Yaconelli is reminded by his son, and then reminds us, of the value of ssslllooowwwiiinnnggg dddooowwwnnn.
Are you ready for slow club?

  • What would you need to change in your life in order to actually slow down like this?
  • What would change on its own in your life when you did slow down?
  • What would you loose? What would you gain?

I remember being on a a spiritual retreat several years ago at the Malvern Retreat House west of Philadelphia. They have several Stations of the Cross trails through the woods around the edge of the property, and I was taking time to walk a trail in the morning, at noon and in the evening. In my third session I realized I was speedwalking. Speedwalking my prayer walk through the Stations. Really?!? #facepalm. In that moment I began a new discipline that I practice periodically. I walk as slow as I can without falling over or distracting myself by the sheer difficulty of it. Take. My. Time. Take. My. Time. Take. My Time.

I can pray while I do other things – can and do. But multitasking prayer is not a sufficient diet for the soul. Like the body, and our relationships, the soul needs our undivided attention regularly. Actually, all six facets of our self need to be attended regularly and consistently, each in their own and various ways. When I try to do too many things at once, I end up missing the essence of each experience, like speedwalking through the Stations of the Cross.

I think I’m going to join the Slow Club. How about you join me?