The Beauty of Living in God’s Will – Residential or ZOOM
Friday 29 October 2021 @ 5pm
Ends: Sunday 31 October 2021 @ 2pm
A weekend introducing the concept of living in the Divine Will. As a foundation to prepare for this retreat we recommend that participants have already attended the Walsingham Spirituality series of retreats.
Retreatants can participate from the comfort of their homes via zoom or in Dowry House where personal accompaniment from one of the sisters will also be on offer.
‘Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven’. All the saints, throughout the ages have taught the importance of doing God’s will and of Living closely united with God’s will so that His kingdom will come. St Teresa of Avila, in her commentary on the Our Father, points out that Jesus has asked, and taught us to ask, for something so highly valuable that it includes everything we can desire here below’ (Way of Perfection 32:1). Teresa takes these words very seriously indeed. She maintains that if Jesus had not made this petition on our behalf, we would not have dared to make it of ourselves: because, she says, ‘the task would seem to me impossible’ (WP 32:2). It is often easy to ask for something or to promise something to another, but difficult to follow it through by living it out. And when it comes to giving our will to another, this is much harder still – in fact, the most difficult thing of all.
Accepting, doing God’s Will and gradually surrendering to God’s Will allows us to live evermore deeply in the Divine Will.
The understanding of living in the Divine Will has made leaps and bounds through the mystical theology of Venerable Luisa Piccharetta. In the summer of 2015 the Vatican published the Italian version of the book ‘The Sun of My Will‘ and the English version appeared in January 2016. The Gift of the Divine Will, which God now wishes to give to the world is not only about doing God’s Will, but possessing God’s Will i.e. letting God carry out His own will, Himself, within us through our consent. This is what Adam was doing up until the Fall, and what Jesus did in His humanity throughout His whole life while on earth.
Jesus points out that Luisa, who received the Gift of the Divine Will on the 8th September 1889, marks the beginning of the era of the Kingdom of the Divine Will on earth. This gift is now available to everyone.
In addition to the basic cost of board and lodging an extra minimum donation of £10 per day (£20 for the weekend) will be asked as a contribution to the work of the COLW Sisters who will be leading the retreat.
Booking a place
Enjoy the weekend in Walsingham for £160 per person in an en-suite room or £140 in a standard room. This price includes all your meals from Friday supper to Sunday lunch as well as refreshments. You can enjoy the beautiful house and grounds of Dowry House Retreat as well as access to the stunning Adoration chapel. There is also the opportunity for spiritual accompaniment from a Sister. If you would like to stay with us, please email Dowry House. Please aim to book by three weeks in advance of your stay.
We are very grateful for any donation you can give to help support Dowry House Retreat. We suggest the following rates per person.
Usual donation range: £40 – £60
18 – 25 year olds: £20 – £30
To register to attend this retreat via Zoom, please complete this form (Please choose the correct retreat on the first line of the form)
Your details will come through to us and we will send you the donation link. Please register by Wednesday 27th October 2021.
If you have registered and do not hear back from us within 3 days – or by 11am on Friday 29th October – please email us directly.