On the first night of the mission we focused our attention on faith. What do we believe? Why do we believe it? How does it make a difference in the way we live?
The second night we reflected upon the gift of hope. In particular, we examined our prayer lives and how that factored into our conversion experience. Can people truly see that we are people of hope by the way we live?
The final night of the mission was nothing short of powerful. We pondered the wonderful attributes of our God in regard to mercy, forgiveness, and healing. We took a serious look at our individual hurts and wounds and sought the peace, healing, and contentment that can only be found in the loving arms of our Redeemer. The gift of tears was prevalent and the Holy Spirit moved within our midst in dramatic fashion.
I am humbled each time I have the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful experience. God's people in Green River blessed me abundantly in my short stay in their community, and I am sincerely appreciative of the pastor's invitation to be part of this precious experience.
Next up--the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) retreat in Cheyenne tomorrow morning. This is an annual retreat for all of those individuals at the three parishes in Cheyenne preparing to come into full communion of the Church at the Easter Vigil. I enjoy the enthusiasm and anticipation that is present at this retreat each year.
Following the retreat I will be preaching at three Masses at the Cathedral of St. Mary this weekend: Saturday evening at 5:15 P.M. and Sunday morning at 7:30 and 9:00 A.M.
Ash Wednesday then comes upon us with the beginning of Lent. On Thursday, we are reviving the Cursillo movement in the Diocese of Cheyenne with a men's weekend. I have the awesome privilege of serving as a spiritual advisor for the weekend (March 6 through March 9) and I am looking forward to seeing the Holy Spirit move within our midst during these four days as well.
Finally, the Rite of Election takes places at the Cathedral on Sunday, March 9, at 3:00 P.M. After that, I may need a day off.
Have a Blessed Lenten Season!