Yesterday, a group of 29 men finished a five-day retreat at Hartzer Park centre. The heat was excessive the first couple days, but during confessions on the second afternoon, the temperature went down suddenly about 20 degrees. Coincidence? Perhaps. But I couldn't refrain from reminding the group that we pray to the Holy Spirit in the sequence of Pentecost that he be "in aestu temperies", that is, refreshment in the heat, meaning that the grace of the Holy Spirit calms down the heat of our passions and keeps us from falling into sin. Whatever the case with the weather, one thing is sure: there was an abundant outpouring of the grace of the Holy Spirit during this beautiful retreat. Deo gratias! Tomorrow, we start over again, same place, with a larger group still. Please pray for retreatants and directors alike.

Sacred Heart Chapel in Hartzer Park on the feast of St Agnes

Sacred Heart Chapel in Hartzer Park on the feast of St Agnes

Hartzer Park 21 January 2017

Hartzer Park 21 January 2017