Between August and September of 2022, a retreat for people with disabilities took place at the Niepokalanów-Lasek Friary of the Province of the Immaculate Mother of God in Poland (Warsaw).
The retreat was mainly a time to encounter God, but also a time to renew mutual relationships and meet new and interesting people.
As the retreat progressed, the participants entrusted their lives to God through the Immaculate Conception. They prayed for spiritual and physical healing and that there be a greater desire to proclaim the faith to others. They deepened their understanding of faith through meditation and sharing their life experiences during small group meetings. The participants also made a visit to the shrine of Niepokalanów where they met around the fire and shared personal testimony. We thank the Lord that so many new believers have chosen to join the Militia of the Immaculata. Retreats are always fruitful, not only for people with disabilities, but also for the volunteers who care for them.
Two weeks later, a retreat was held for people with cancer. The theme of the retreat was: “The Best Is Yet to Come.” During common prayer, the participants revived their love for the Lord Jesus hidden in the Blessed Sacrament and for His Immaculate Mother, and strengthened their faith by listening to meditations. The sick also had an opportunity to speak with invited guests, including doctors specializing in oncology. Even in the midst of suffering, there was still much joy in spending happy evenings together.
Sister Teresa Maria GRABOŃ, SFMI