Publisher: twinger Volume No. 3 Issue No 18 Date August 15, 2005
It is my desire to listen and respond to promptings from the Holy Spirit. I have been blessed many times when I step out in faith to those things that I feel lead to do even though they may not make sense.
I remember a sermon Fr. Guillermo gave once that encouraged attendance at mass while on vacation. He asked that we bring him a bulletin each time we attended a church that was not our own. The reason for this was two-fold; to bolster his push to go, and to give him ideas for the production of our own bulletin. I have tried to honor his request.
I was reading one of the bulletins I picked up during vacation and an advertisement for Retrouvaille caught my attention. Most advertisements that I have seen previously for Retrouvaille mention that it is a retreat for couples with serious issues bordering on separation, divorce or post-divorce. This one did not. The very next weekend, our church bulletin had the usual Retrouvaille blurb. On a whim, I called the contract person to get the low down. I explained to MARY that Davin and I had a good marriage and separation/divorce wasn’t something we were facing, but we had issues that I thought needed addressing. She reassured me that even good marriages would benefit from the weekend and, would I be interested in signing up? I told her that I needed to get Davin on board first, and I was pretty sure he wouldn’t think we were good candidates. She asked me to check out their website, www.retrouvaille.org, which I had. I explained to her that the website was good, but still gave me the impression that it was for problem marriages. Could she send me some written information? I gave her my address and she mailed it that day. It is an understatement to say that I do not like retreats, but I felt compelled to go. When I broached the subject with Davin, he responded as I expected he would. He had serious doubts that this was something for us. I told him to call Mary, just as I did, and settle his objections with her.
We attended Retrouvaille this past weekend. I was so anxious when we got there, I could not get out of the car. I wanted to turn around and go home. I must be crazy to think we needed this! I must say that it was the best money we have spent on anything in a long time, and I consider it a grand inheritance for my children. Search your heart and, if the Holy Spirit is prompting you, call Mary. You’ll be glad you did.