Easter Weekend Reflections
Introduction to the mornign retreat
Introduction and opening prayer

Below and on the next few web pages you will see an outline with readings for us to reflect on at various times during this Easter weekend, together with songs and questions for reflection. I suggest that we do these readings in a reflective way, allowing times of silence before and after each reading so that we can sink deeply into the readings and reflections, allowing the Spirit to touch and stir you from within.

If you would like to read some tools for approaches to scripture reading, you can find them by clicking the links below:

Preparatory Reading

I recently read this incredible reflection by Matt Licata, which strikes me as a perfect reading to come back to through this Easter weekend, as a framing of the journey that we are invited into:

At some point, we will be asked to revision the ideas which have accompanied us to this moment in our lives. Even our most sacred beliefs can become encrusted over time, worn out symbols of a living reality that is no longer so alive. To bring the old ways into the vessel and heat them with the fire of our desire, vision, passion, and longing. One of the common ways that transformational work begins is through the operation of "solutio", where the solid and fixed material of our lives dissolves and returns to its original state, becoming raw material for transformation.

 

While we might romanticize this washing away, it comes with a certain devastation. It is not oriented in improving our lives, positive thinking, or what we would ordinarily think of as self-development, but is a required “darkening” we must go through so that we can begin our work anew, with fresh vision. In contemplating the various "solutio" moments of my own life, they were not times of peace, joy, and contentment, but of revolution where I wasn’t quite sure if I would make it through to the other side. In many ways, I did not, at least the “me” who was there at the start of the process.

 

If we do not engage consciously in the process of dissolution, as many have discovered, life will bring dissolution to us, by way of transition, change, and psychic upheaval of all kinds: the ending of a relationship we thought would last forever, a shift in our health, the loss of a job, an unexpected depression, the inability to find meaning. This disruption is a harbinger of wholeness but by nature the whole will always include the dark, not only transcend it.

 

Without the healing waters of dissolution, we remain stuck in habitual consciousness, unaware of and run by the unconscious lenses through which we engage self, others, and world.

Listen to this piece of music as you prayerfully open yourself to the mysterious, creative, unsettling and unpredictable work of Love:

RETREAT
CENTRE

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