COSTA RICA, Fr. José Luis Correa •
Costa Rica was a likely place, where for the first time at a Schoenstatters’ retreat, the new apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), was the topic. —
On Sunday, 8 April, fifteen men from the Men’s Branch had their afternoon retreat close to the Family of Hope Shrine. Fr. José Luis accompanied and inspired them with a personal meditation.
Monday, 9 April through Tuesday the 10th, it was the Mothers’ Branch’s turn. Seventy-five women arrived at the St. Benedict retreat house, the majority were from Costa Rica, but there were also three from El Salvador, one from Ecuador, five from Panama, a couple of Mexicans and Colombian’s who live in Costa Rica, and two, young Chilean professionals that are supporting the Girls’ Youth in San José as missionaries for this semester.
A call to holiness in today’s world
A meditation on life was the subject for both retreats.
The women’s retreat began with a reading of some ideas from Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exultate (Rejoice and Be Glad) regarding the call to holiness in today’s world. In the paragraphs referring to the life of prayer, “…some moments spent alone with God are also necessary.” (GE 149) and when he invites to ask: “Are there moments when you place yourself quietly in the Lord’s presence, when you calmly spend time with him, when you bask in his gaze?” (GE 51)
Photos: Fiorella Blando González