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 9/30/16

“If you have faith…..”

Recently a retreatant asked me without much qualification what I thought about death.  So I simply said that I know it is going to come, but right now I don’t know when, and as a result I don’t think of it or worry about it very much. Then she pressed me on what I thought life or existence would be like after dying. In essence I replied that I expected to be with all my loved ones enjoying the love and life of the risen Jesus. For me this is what my faith in the risen Christ perhaps most to me means to me. This is what all of his life, death and resurrection say to me.

Jesus has promised us that if we are faithful to him he will always be with us. Often when he spoke about the Kingdom to come he described it like a great banquet, a royal wedding feast. And, of course, many might say or ask, how can you be so sure? For me this is the great gift of faith we receive in our belief and dedication to the way in life of Jesus Christ. For me this is a faith, as Jesus says in this Sunday’s Gospel, that in a way can move mountains, and that it can only come as a loving gift of Jesus.

Jim Blumeyer, S.J.