FOR FEMALE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
Friday evenings (7 -9 pm)
Adoration followed by sharing some food
“Retreat for students”
Come and join us for a day of prayer
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Testimonies and update
I had done many group retreats in the past but never a silent retreat. As someone who learns from the insights and conversations with others, I felt that the silence wouldn’t be fruitful for my faith formation. However, I was still always curious as to how I would fare on a silent retreat. I was in the middle of doing the “33 Days to Morning Glory” preparation for Marian Consecration when I received an invitation to attend a Crusaders of Mary silent retreat. On the spot, I was surprisingly moved to respond with a “yes” shortly after reading about Mary’s Fiat the previous day.
In the short, silent 3 days, I had learnt more about myself and Mary than all previous conversations with others combined. It wasn’t a knowledge that penetrated my mind, but a knowledge that penetrated my heart. During the retreat on the Feast of the Visitation, I consecrated myself to Mary in the silence of my heart. Silence is the beginning of all fruit – of prayer, of patience and of peace - three important things that my life often lacks in a busy, noisy world. Striving for silence and its resulting fruits through Mary (often so quiet and silent in her appearances in the Bible!) has been a great, unexpected fruit of the retreat, especially from someone who is often so social! Don’t be afraid to say “Yes” to the silence nor to (the Crusaders of) Mary!