“Your word was my delight and the joy of my heart”
2013 Lenten Retreat for English-speaking Catholics
On 9 March 2013 the Duns Scotus Bible Centre, as had been the practice for several years, organised a Lenten Retreat for English-speaking participants.
On 9 March 2013 the Duns Scotus Bible Centre, as had been the practice for several years, organised a Lenten Retreat for English-speaking participants. 70 attended. There were 3 talks, followed by silent reflection time against a background of relaxing music. Everyone also took part in prayers of the Stations of the Cross and in the Recitation of the Holy Rosary.
The Theme on this occasion was Sacrifices. These were offerings to God as a means to cleanse sins committed. The most prominent sacrifice was that of Our Lord, Jesus Christ when he became the sacrificial lamb offering his life to regain eternal life for mankind. Two sacrifices from the Old Testament (Num.19:1-10, and Lv.16) were examined with similarities drawn to the sacrifice of Christ. The sacrifices of the red heifer and the two goats offered to remedy sins seemed strange and illogical. So was the committing of sins as sins were usually made in moments of madness and were acts of stupidity. Aspects on Restitution, Restoration, and Repentance were also discussed. Points for reflection were that sin was irrational and that God desired mercy and not sacrifice. We should not condemn nor be revengeful but should learn how to let go. Attendees were reminded to be merciful, to love your neighbor as yourself but the biggest hurdle was to be merciful to yourself.
The Retreats held at the Duns Scotus Bible Centre were always well-received and well-supported. It provided a sacred haven for many who wished to spend time away from their daily routines to reflect on their spiritual commitment in preparation for Holy Easter.