This monstrance was made from bullet cases. What was violence can become sacred.“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. 

I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John 14:27

 

The peace that is to be ours is not a tranquility free of troubles.  It is not a false sense of security that fails to be affected by the suffering, violence, and pain of our lives and of our brothers and sisters, near and far.  It is a peace of knowing our place in this world, of being in right relationship with God, with others, with ourselves, with creation.  In the simple intricacy of peace there is a necessary weaving of authenticity, compassion, humility, and justice.

Our communities are calling out for this peace.  We are all called to this peace; we are offered this peace.  How are we receiving it, contemplating it, and choosing to let it be incorporated into our lives?  There is much inner work needed for the outer work to bear much fruit.

What is the relation of [contemplation] to action? Simply this. He who attempts to act and do things for others or for the world without deepening his own self-understanding, freedom, integrity, and capacity to love, will not have anything to give others. He will communicate to them nothing but the contagion of his own obsessions, his aggressiveness, his ego-centered ambitions, his delusions about ends and means, his doctrinaire prejudices and ideas. There is nothing more tragic in the modern world than the misuse of power and action. —Thomas Merton

 

St. Raphaela Center welcomes both Individuals and Groups looking for a time of retreat. We also offer scheduled Programs, including a variety of retreats and events organized by our Center staff around different thematic and spiritually-guided formats.

For Individuals

  • Personal Days of Prayer: Choose from one of our scheduled dates or arrange for your own.
  • Overnight Retreats & Other Programs: Choose from one of our scheduled programs or make arrangements for your own private retreat.
  • Spiritual Direction: Share your journey with a trained director, either on an ongoing basis or during a retreat stay.

For Groups

We host groups of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds. The following offerings are available for groups coming to the Center:

  • Partial-day, full-day, or overnight stay
  • Use of facilities and staff services
  • Collaboration of a staff member to help plan and facilitate a retreat

Scheduled Programs

We are adding new programs all the time! Some of our regular programs include:

Check back often to see all of our upcoming events, and register before space runs out!
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