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 5/5/17

The Good Shepherd

“For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.”  (1 Peter 2:25)

The image of Jesus as the Shepherd is probably the most familiar in the Christian religion. It graphically portrays Jesus as our leader and protector, the One who gives his all for love of us. He desires our relationship with him to be one of intimacy; we hear him when he calls us by our name and we recognize his voice and ask for the grace to follow him.

There are times in all of lives when reality and our weaknesses can cause us pain and suffering, times when we know that we are not in control. How do we respond? Can we trust the Shepherd to lead us safely through the dark valley, knowing that he has already made that journey for us? One of my favorite brief prayers is to daily remind myself that nothing is going to happen today that the Lord and I can’t get through together.

Fr. Ralph Huse, S.J.