Spiritual Life Retreat (Yes, even you will like it!)

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I’m so excited to offer a spiritual life retreat on February 10, 2018. We will begin on that Saturday morning at 8.30 and go to noon. I’m going to focus the retreat on a small book by Henri Nouwen titled: The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom. The format of the retreat will be one of joyful sharing and learning from one another. There will be plenty of discussion, and also time for personal reflection and quiet. Anyone is welcome to attend, and no, you don’t have to be a member of First Church. All are welcome. If you are interested in attending the retreat, held here in Los Angeles, and would like more details, please contact Karina Fernandez — kfernandez@fccla.org

A few quotes from the book . . .

“There are two ways of telling your story. One is to tell it compulsively and urgently, to keep returning to it because you see your present suffering as the result of your past experiences. But there is another way. You can tell your story from the place where it no longer dominates you. You can speak about it with a certain distance and see it as the way to your present freedom.”

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“You feel a strange sadness. An enormous loneliness emerges, but you are not frightened. You feel vulnerable but safe at the same time. Jesus is where you are, and you can trust that he will show you the next step.”

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“You are called to unity. That is the good news of the Incarnation. The Word becomes flesh, and thus a new place is made where all of you and all of God can dwell. When you have found that unity, you will be truly free.”

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“When others stop loving you, you do not have to stop loving them. On a human level, changes might be necessary, but on the level of the divine, you can remain faithful to your love.”

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“The great paradox of love is that precisely when you have claimed yourself as God’s beloved child, have set boundaries to your love, and thus contained your needs, you begin to grow into the freedom to give gratuitously.”

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