Join us to pray and share on Pope Francis’ “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and Be Glad) on November 24th, from 10am to 4pm, . The retreat will be hosted at Romero House, 55 Westminster bridge road, London, SE1 7JB. Please bring a shared vegetarian lunch.
On Saturday November 24th, we’ll be reflecting on how to be holy in today’s modern worlds, as well as looking at some of the idea’s in the Pope’s new document “Gaudete et Exsultate” or “Rejoice and be Glad.” He encourages us to open our eyes, ears and hearts to the words of the gospel and expand our limited horizons.
In this document, Pope Francis celebrates the simplicity of life’s daily activities and how they can be a window to our holiness and a way for us to channel the values of the Beatitudes. He celebrates the uniqueness and individuality of us all and reminds us that we all have agency and power to shift things that happen in our world. But, the way we carry out our daily activities can also expose to us how we separate ourselves from holiness, such as how our addiction to consumption could make spending time with God a ‘painful exercise’.
Julie from Rochester who has attended many CAFOD events says, “I cannot recommend CAFOD events highly enough. Over the years I’ve benefited greatly by participating in justice and peace assembly meetings and workshops and retreats on various themes. They always prove to be inspiring occasions and I feel we need to prioritise such events more in our busy itineraries. Why? Because they provide us with knowledge, social catholic teaching and prayer, providing guidance and examples of how we might help build the Kingdom of God together through personal lifestyle changes, and participation within our parish and wider communities.”
Let’s together take this opportunity to understand what this document offers to teach us. The retreat will present spaces throughout the day for reflection and prayer along like-minded people who’ve also come to discuss how we might counter consumerism in our busy modern world.
Remember, in Laudato Si, the Pope’s 2015 encyclical on “On Care For Our Common Home”, he says that the fight to protect our common home requires deep changes in ‘lifestyles, models of production and consumption’. He says we need a ‘profound ecological conversion’, or, a deep movement that causes us to treat the world and each other with tenderness and care.
We will be sharing lunch on this day as well. We ask that those in attendance bring a shared vegetarian lunch, so we can all come together for a collective meal during the retreat.
For this retreat, you can register on Eventbrite. Our Southwark retreat will take place Saturday 24th November from 10am to 4pm at Romero House on 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB.
We invite you and anyone you wish to bring to this event. All retreats are free of charge and open to all! Whether you have been involved in a CAFOD Campaign or not in the past, we would love to see you there. Actively listen and learn in whatever way best suits you. We want to give you the tools and resources to further your journey of faith and incorporate it in your everyday life.