WHITE HOUSE JESUIT RETREAT

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 12/12/14

It is the Lord's Work

St. Paul writes: "Brothers and sisters: Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. ... May the God of peace make you perfectly holy ... and may you be preserved blameless for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will also accomplish it." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24)

Paul encourages us to be grateful and prayerful. We are that when we are aware of God's generosity and blessings to us, when we take the time to simply remember how God has been active in our lives and in the lives of our families and loved ones. It hasn't been and is not always easy; there are always challenges, sometimes confusion and even pain. Yet the Lord never abandons us, never leaves us to face life alone. Paul reminds us that our holiness isn't our work but the Lord's. When we invite Him into our lives, we give Him permission to make us into the people He wants us to be. As we pray at the ordination of a deacon: May the Lord bring to completion the good work He has begun in you.