A matter of our being there

Last weekend found me on a three-day retreat in the prison. Still trying to recover, and it was a great success. We had 19 offenders and 12 retreat team members. The men really respond to a change of pace, environment, topics of conversation, group work, singing, prayer, and cookies.

It had been four years since I had participated in the retreat known as Residents Encounter Christ. Non-denominational with Catholic roots, the content is not a ram-it-down-one’s-throat effort. It is most often simply a matter of our being there and speaking about what we believe. The offenders are free to take it or leave it.

I must say, it was very, very good and most rewarding.

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