Jesuit retreat center high on the bluffs of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO.  Since 1922, thousands of people from around the world make annual three-day silent, guided retreats here to relax, reconnect with God and strengthen their spirituality.  A true gem in the Midwest!  Call 314-416-6400 or 1-800-643-1003.  Email reservations@whretreat.org  7400 Christopher Rd.  St. Louis, MO 63129

Both men's and women's retreats are offered as well as recovery retreats.

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Weekend Reflections for 10/10/14

What are our dreams?

by Fr. Richard Hadel, S.J. 

Can you imagine what the world will be like in the year 2500?  That is only 486 years away.  Will all the cities and towns be packed full with no open space available?  Will every open space and field be used to raise enough food and cattle to feed everyone?  Is it conceivable that some people will be living on another planet?  Who knows?


Fortunately we do not have to solve these problems.  God may decide to end creation before year 2500.  The Sunday readings challenge us to think about life after death.


In the Gospel parable, Jesus pictures heaven like a wedding celebration, where everyone will be united with Jesus, with God and each other.  Some people will refuse the invitation and turn down Jesus' invitation.  All you have to do is accept the invitation.  You don't have to be holy or a saint to be invited.  All that is required is the desire to love God, have faith in God and trust him.  If you love others and serve others, you will be most welcome.  Even after failures and struggles to be good, God loves and invites you to come.

It is hard to imagine what heaven will be.  But we know that there will be no pain, suffering or sickness in heaven.  God will share with us himself, his peace, wisdom and love.