Monday, April 14, 2014

Woman In The Mirror

Loving the Woman in the Mirror ~ that was the theme for the 10th annual women's retreat at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, here in Tucson.


I was so privileged to join 84 daughters of God for seven hours on Saturday.  You might remember that last year was my first retreat and I presented the afternoon activity.  Click here to read about it.

Our day began in the chapel with a beautiful Mass presided over by Father Richard.

This set the tone for the rest of the day.
Following Mass, we enjoyed a fabulous breakfast prepared and served by the men of the parish.

Dee~lish!!


Terry and Marge

Peggy enjoys another cup
Terry and the men worked very hard  preparing, setting up, serving and cleaning up for us!
After breakfast, we headed to our tables....


How lovely was this ~ a beautiful name card, a pouch with handmade goat's milk soap, and a personal jeweled mirror!
 Our guest presenter for the day was Peggy Guerrero.  Peggy is the Adult Educator at the Jordan Ministry Team in Tucson.  She's a former Collaborator for the Diocese of Tucson, Social Studies Department Chair and Assistant Principal at St. Augustine Catholic High School, and former  Principal of St. Cyril's School.  Wow!  We were blessed to have Peggy lead this day....

Peggy took us through an enlightening exercise with our mirrors, where we sought to find the real woman within...the inner beauty....the one who is the special image God looks upon.

We learned to look beyond the reflection, to examine the gifts we own, and to meditate and pray with joy for that which we each possess.





There was time for interaction with a partner at our table, prayer, and meditation.

Before we knew it, lunch was served!



Time for community and getting to know our table mates....
Mother & Daughter!  Linda and Christine

Sisters!  Terry, Kathy, and Susan
Catching up with old friends....
Helen

Janet ~ the amazing co-chairperson for the retreat
No details were overlooked....




Especially the details that feed our soul....

A wonderful "wrap up" with scarves, joining hearts and minds,  completed our activities for the day....

We visited the chapel one last time to share with one another a gift we possess...

Then it was out to the courtyard....
We were each given an envelope and instructed to think of a negative wrinkle in our essence of which we wanted to let go....

Together, we opened our envelopes and released a live butterfly!!  Glorious!!

Since I did not have my phone with me for this, I don't have original pictures, but this is kind of what they looked like....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1kxrT8-0yM

Holy Week has begun and I'm so grateful to have had the blessed experience of this retreat to begin my journey with Christ ~ through death and new life.

Whatever is in your plans for the week, know you are in my prayers and I count you as a great blessing in my life.

Happy Passover!


Happy Easter!



Happy Life Renewal!

3 comments:

Lucy Kalstrom said...

Holy wow Karen! Live butterflies in envelopes! jumpin' jiminy cricket! The decor is lovely and it sounds like a very enjoyable event. :-)

Popo and Gong Gong said...

It was such a beautiful day from start to finish and it was so nice to see you there again. Let's make this an annual event to enjoy together. Love, Helen

Fran. said...

I LOVE that Letting go thing!! A great reminder to let it go!!! And butterflies mean new beginnings~~ XOXO Love Fran.