April 13-14, 2018
A Silent Overnight Retreat for Women
Retreat Master: Sr. Wendy Cotter, CSJ, PhD
Retreat Title: Jesus and Women: Sharing the Road to Discipleship
"Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus" (John 5:11). The earliest Gospel traditions testify that despite the rigorous rules separating the worlds of men and women in the first century Greek East, Jesus had women friends and disciples, and that He readily reached out to help women petitioners. The evidence of His parables which use examples from women's life prove that they were there along with the men to hear Him as He taught the road to discipleship.
No editing trying to protect Jesus from accusations of impropriety, can hide what the earliest traditions show us about Jesus: that He understood the inequities for women in that sexist world, that their lives were judged by different standards, that He was concerned with women as He was with men, a person attentive, natural, warm, emotional, reachable, and genuine. He was the master, the wisdom teacher, the man of prayer and miracles, the Messiah , the Son of God ready to give Himself for us. He shows us the road to love.
In this overnight retreat, the Resurrected Jesus joins us as we enter into the revelatory parables, and the stories of His encounters with women, petitioners, disciples and friends. As we do so, we hear His message to us today as His women disciples and friends in our world, right now. Opportunities for individual consultation with Ignatian spiritual directors will be available during the retreat.
Groups Attending: Individuals