You’ve probably heard me make reference to the very popular 3-Minute Retreat that Loyola Press offers. These retreats provide you with an opportunity to spend some quiet time each day reflecting on a Scripture passage. You can receive the retreat on your mobile device which is something that I do, especially when I’m on the train each morning. You can also receive an e-mail reminder each day with a link to a new 3-Minute Retreat. Here is an unsolicited testimonial from a 3-Minute Retreat user, Susan Hubert, Director of Religion at Mayfield Junior School of the Holy Child Jesus (Pasadena, CA):
Each class session for both 5th and 7th grades begins with the students entering into “sacred space” (my classroom) quietly. They take their seats, assume a meditation position (which is feet flat on floor connected to the earth), arms resting on desktop, with palms facing up, and eyes closed, if this is comfortable for them. Otherwise they may focus on one object. The 3-Minute Retreat music is playing through all of this time.
I lead them in quiet breathing, asking that they still their bodies and minds and feel the presence of God. I lead them in a deep breathing process (three deep breaths) and ask them to open their eyes and copy the Scripture passage in their journals. Then I take them through the rest of the retreat, at times reading it to them to clarify or use simpler language when needed. They answer both questions in their journals and say the closing prayer to themselves.
For many of the students this may be the only pause in their day. I feel the significance of this retreat affords an opportunity to connect closer to God. Relationship with God is so imperative in this fast-paced world of technology and glamour as the main focus.
Blessings for the work you do to make this possible.
God is good….all the time.