Young Adult Advent Retreat: “Rise, clasp My hand, and come!” Saturday 12/3 @ MQP


Fr. Bede Kotlinski, OSB., Fr. Kevin Estabrook, Fr Doug Brown and Fr. Daniel Bowen, O de M will lead an Advent young adult retreat at Mary Queen of Peace, Saturday (12/3).  The retreat includes a Traditional Latin Mass, Adoration, Confession and talks as well as Breakfast and Lunch.

The retreat is being sponsored by the Oliver Plunkett Social Club and includes a minimal $5 donation to help cover costs.  (See link to Facebook invite at the bottom).


In today’s noisy, chaotic world, many young adults find themselves consumed by worldly pursuits as they avoid the loving call of our Father.  


Their lives are much like what Francis Thompson describes in his timeless “The Hound of Heaven:”


 “I fled Him, down the nights and down the days; I fled Him down the arches of the years; I fled Him down the labyrinthine ways of my own mind and in the mist of tears I hid from Him and under running laughter up vistaed hopes I sped; and shot, precipitated, adown Titanic glooms of chasmed fears, from those strong Feet that followed, followed after . . .” 


But as so many have learned through the ages (from St Paul to Augustine to  Venerable Matt Talbot) - like a relentless hound, God unceasingly and lovingly pursues us.


And thus, Thompson concludes “The Hound of Heaven” with the magnificent voice of our Savior:


“Whom wilt thou find to love ignoble thee, save Me, save only Me? All which I took from thee I did but take, not for thy harms, but just that thou might’st seek it in My arms. All which thy child’s mistake fancies as lost, I have stored for thee at home: Rise, clasp My hand, and come! . . . Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest, I am He whom thou seekest! Thou dravest love from thee, who dravest Me.” 


As Augustine famously wrote in his Confessions:  'Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.'.”


So this Christmas, turn off the noise of the world for a day.  Stop running from our Lord, clasp His hand, and join other like-minded young adults (18-40) on a truly Catholic retreat, the First Saturday in December at 8 am.  

More details available here at Facebook invite:

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Not able to make it?  Pray for this event's success and for a restoration of the Faith in Cleveland.  St Oliver Plunkett, pray for us!  St Philomena, pray or us!  St. John Vianney, pray for us!  And please spread the word and encourage others to come by sharing, texting or forwarding a link to this article with others!  God Bless!


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