Coming Soon : Retreat in Daily Life

Retreat in Daily Life

September 9th – 14th 2018

Perfect for busy people
Take some time out
Deepen your relationship with God
Explore new ways of praying
Find help with any kind of decision

What is a retreat in daily life?
It is a daily time of prayer (aiming at 30 minutes) and daily half-hour individual meeting with an experienced prayer guide during the week.

Who is it for?
Anyone who is already Christian and who wants to deepen their prayer life, or someone who is not sure what they believe but is willing to take a risk and seriously explore the reality of God. Either way, it is for any generous soul willing to commit to the elements of the week.

What is the programme?
The core elements of the week are prayer for half-an-hour each day, reviewing how that prayer time went, and meetings with your prayer guide four or five times. There are other components of the week. Introductory and closing meetings top and tail the week with helpful suggestions.

Why do the retreat?
When we are generous, God is more so. We encounter a God who loves and calls us. It can also be a great help in making or confirming decisions, big or small.

How much does it cost?
To help towards our costs retreatants are asked to contribute £50. This will cover all the expenses of the week including use of Tabor’s retreat facilities.

How will the retreat fit in with the rest of life?
You will be busier in the week of the retreat because of these extra demands, hence the need to be generous. The retreat runs alongside your normal week, however, so you won’t lose any usual responsibilities. Sorry!

How do I sign up?
Fill in the form below and we will email Rose McCrave for you.

But I don’t know how to pray?
Join the club! This is not a problem. In fact, such honesty is a good start.

Who organises the week?
Trained prayer guides led by Rose McCrave and
Angela Rogerson.

Opening meeting: Sunday 9th September 5.30pm
It is an opportunity to meet your guide for the week.
If you have any questions or cannot be at this meeting please email
Rose McCrave : rose.mccrave@outlook.com

Closing meeting: Friday 14th September 7.30pm.

Finally, here is that Privacy Policy we mentioned above.

Reflection on 20th Sunday’s Gospel Aug 19th

Our reflection this week is kindly contributed by Cath York.

Is there life within us?

How often are we asked the question: “How are you?” And how often do we give the standard answers: “Fine… I’m doing well… Things are really busy right now… I’m good.” Sometimes we add something about our family, our health, where we have been, or what we have been doing. More often than not those conversations focus on the circumstances of life but there is a difference, a vast difference, between doing life and having life within us.

Doing life or having life; that’s the issue Jesus is concerned about. That’s the focus of today’s gospel. It is so important that it has been the subject of the last several Sundays of gospel readings. Each week has brought us closer to the unspoken question behind today’s gospel: Is there life within you? That’s a hard question and one which many of us will avoid or ignore. We will turn back and walk away rather than face the question. “Fine,” “busy,” “good,” and “doing well” do not answer the question. We cover it up. The question pushes us to discover the hunger within us and the life Jesus wants to feed us. That’s what Jesus has been after these last few weeks.

When Jesus says, “Eat me. Drink me.” He is talking about more than just physical or biological life. He’s talking about that life that is beyond words, indescribable, and yet we know it when we taste it. We get a taste of it when we love so deeply and profoundly that somehow we are more fully alive than ever before. Sometimes everything seems to fit together perfectly and all is right with the world; not because we got our way but because we knew our self to be a part of something larger, more beautiful. There are moments when time stands still and we wish the moment would never end. In that moment we are in the flow, the wonder, and the unity of life – and it tastes good. Daniel O’Leary says that in these moments we touch eternity and because of that they do live forever.

When we choose a lifestyle that enables us to find nourishment in Christ’s presence in every aspect of our lives, we will become more aware that we have his life within us and our doing will be rooted in Christ and we will live fully wherever we are, whatever we do.

Michael Marsh (adapted)

Reflection on 19th Sunday’s Gospel Aug 12th

Kindly contributed by Cathy York

The Bread of life

Once again Jesus makes the claim: “I am the bread of life.” ‘I AM’ is God’s own name, which Jesus applies to himself. And he is the Bread of Life. We should note that he is not talking primarily here of the Eucharist, of Holy Communion. Rather, Jesus is saying that he, his whole way of life, his teaching, his attitudes and relationships towards his Father and people, everything that the Gospel tells us about him is real nourishment and food for our daily living. Not to know and assimilate Jesus in this way is to be starved of essential nourishment for living a full life. To eat that bread is to have one’s whole life impregnated with the spirit of Jesus. And, in the Gospel, that is a definition of life. Such a person is fully alive – now and forever. We eat that bread by absorbing into ourselves the spirit, the truth and integrity, the love and compassion, the generosity and peacefulness of Jesus. (Living space)

Jesus invites us come to him and to feed on his presence, and in particular to feed on his word. In the Jewish Scriptures bread is often a symbol of the word of God. When we keep coming to Jesus and feeding on his word, that word will shape our lives. It empowers us to live the kind of life that Saint Paul puts before us in this morning’s second reading, a life of love essentially, a life in which we love one another as Christ loved us, forgive one another as readily as God forgives us. That, in essence, is our calling.
(Association of Catholic priests)

Reflection on 18th Sunday’s Gospel August 5th

Kindly contributed by Cathy York

Come to Me


In today’s first reading we are told that for 40 years God’s people daily eat manna. When the Israelites see it, they say to one another, “What is it?” for they did not know what it was. Hungry, they choose to gather up that which is baffling. They fill on that which has no meaning. For more than 14,600 days they take their daily nourishment from that which they don’t comprehend. They find soul– filling in the inexplicable.
They eat the mystery.
They eat the mystery.
And the mystery, that which made no sense, is like “wafers made with honey” on their lips.

When we find ourselves famished, groping for more, we can choose. When we find ourselves despairing, we can choose to live as the Israelites gathering manna. When our life experiences lead us to ask “What is it all about?” can we allow these rents in the canvas of our lives to become places to see: to see through to God? How do we choose to allow the holes to become seeing-through-to-God places; to more-God places? How can we fully live? ( Ann Voskamp. One Thousand Gifts)

We can find the answer to these questions in our Gospel reading. “Come to me. Believe in me.” Ultimately, Faith means letting Jesus make his home in us, so that he can transform us in a permanent way. It means making space within for Jesus to not only dwell there but also to let his attitudes and values influence us in our way of life. Jesus tries to lead the disciples to long for this life that lives forever. The people hunger for living bread but he hungers to live in them to be bread that is assimilated into them. Jesus is the one who makes sense of what we are about. ( Fr Gerry Pierce )

Reflection on Gospel 17th Sunday

Kindly contributed by Cathy York

Doing the Maths

Philip has done the maths. He has estimated the number of people in the crowd, how many loaves of bread it would take to feed them, the cost of a loaf of bread, and calculated that “six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” There is not enough to go around. Andrew concurs, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Andrew has also done the maths and there is just not enough to go around.

It seems that is how we often approach life – by doing the maths. We count what is there though we too often focus on what is not there. And pretty soon the reality of our circumstances blinds us to the possibilities of what might be. Our vision becomes narrow and the world small. We are unable to see a way forward, unable to see the Christ in our midst. We see through the lens of scarcity or lack and not through the lens of abundance.

As long as we approach life by doing the maths, as a problem to be solved, there will never be enough to go around. Jesus was not asking Philip to do the maths when he said to him, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” It was a test. Would Philip look around or would he look within? Would he see with his physical eyes or with the eyes of his heart? Would he focus on what was not there or would he focus on Jesus?

The problem was not a lack of fish and bread but a lack of vision. The abundance of God’s presence is hidden in plain view and often within the illusion of scarcity. Abundance is less a resource to be counted and more an interior quality, a presence, a way of being and seeing.
Michael Mars

Reflections on Gospel for Sunday July 22nd

“Come and rest awhile.”

“Sabbath can refer to a single day of the week, a day of rest. Sabbath is also a way of being in time where we remember who we are, remember what we know and taste the gifts of spirit and eternity. Sabbath time is sacred time.
We need Sabbath-keeping not only for ourselves but also for the times when we go forth to heal the wounds of our world. Whatever we build, create, craft or serve will have the wisdom of rest in it. Rested and refreshed, we more generously serve all those who need our care. The human spirit is naturally generous: the instant we are filled, our first impulse is to be useful, to be kind, to give something away.

The world aches for the generosity of a well-rested people.

A closer reading of Genesis reveals that the Sabbath was not simply a day off! It says, ‘On the seventh day God finished God’s work’. The ancient rabbis teach that on the seventh day, God created menuha – tranquillity, serenity, peace and repose: rest, in the deepest possible sense of fertile, healing stillness. Until the Sabbath, creation was unfinished. Only after the birth of menuha, only with tranquillity and rest, was the circle of creation made full and complete.”

On the seventh day, God created rest.
Wayne Muller: Sabbath

Be still and know that I am God
Be still and know
Be still
Be
Psalm 46

This reflection was kindly contributed by Cathy York

Feedback on the Capacitar Wellbeing Day

As promised here is some feedback from Anne Harrison’s first Capacitar Wellbeing Day which we held on Friday 13th July.

First, here are some of the common words that participants included in their feedback.

Two participants wrote longer pieces:

“I felt held by a gentle kind teacher.

  • From stress to relaxation
  • From anxiety to peace
  • The day has been wonderful to experience, will use the tools in daily life

Hope to welcome Anne Harrison back.”

…and

“What a beautiful, gentle, inclusive, restorative and enabling day this has been. Anne has been such a great co-ordinator and held the group in a supportive, safe, gentle way.
Everyone in the world should experience this. It’s a way of being deeply, naturally present; to ourselves, each other and our world.
Thank you so much!”