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Retreat equips veterans with faith-based tools to help them cope with life’s stresses

My, how the Veterans Spiritual Retreat has grown.

After serving 24 veterans in its first year and doubling in size to 48 in 2017, the White House Jesuits Retreat hopes to have a full house of 88 for the retreat's third installment Friday, July 29, to Sunday, July 1. According to White House director Bill Schmitt, about 45 veterans already have signed up

Ignatian Spirituality Retreats help homeless find spiritual backing to help them through challenges

Delnita McGhaw was homeless when she attended an Ignatian Spirituality Project retreat, which provides homeless people with hope that leads to long-lasting transformation. “The exercises stimulate your spiritual inner being,” she said. “I didn’t know you could have a moment alone with God.”

Alcohol eventually led Delnita McGhaw to homelessness. She found help through a women's shelter, which referred her to St. Patrick Center for treatment. There, she learned about a spiritual retreat for women.

"I didn't really know what it was," she said. At that time, her only sense of God was found in a bottle of alcohol. Abused by her father as a child, McGhaw said she "had no self-worth, no self-esteem, no nothing. I just had a love for that bottle and that's all."

POPE'S MESSAGE | Sin makes us blind, but confession heals

Pope Francis, along with senior members of the Roman Curia, listened as Servite Father Ermes Ronchi, an Italian theologian, delivered his meditation March 7 at a weeklong Lenten retreat in Ariccia, Italy.

VATICAN CITY — Exercise a little courage and go to confession, turn away from selfishness and sin and back to God in the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis urged people at a Lenten penance service.

"When our desire to be healed becomes more courageous, it leads to prayer, to crying out fervently and persistently for help, as did Bartimaeus: 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me,'" the pope said, quoting from the Gospel of St. Mark.

MAN OF THE HOUSE | Remaining in the presence of Christ

Mike Eisenbath

Our approximately 48-hour visit to the "top of the mountain" neared its end. I knew we soon would be leaving, with only mid-day prayer and a lunch of Vietnamese food ahead on the schedule. I wanted to savor that prayer experience, to let it satisfy my spiritual taste buds in a way no food ever could.

Perhaps, I thought, I had a bit of Peter in me: Lord, it is good for us to be here.

Youth and Adult Scouts particpate in Encounter Weekend

Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice carried a monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament to a hillside where Adoration and confessions were offered as part of Encounter Weekend at Beaumont Scout Reservation Sept. 21.

In a circle of folding chairs, a group of adults from across the archdiocese reflected on their faith and scouting.

"Christ really was an ideal Scoutmaster," Patrick Pilch said in the small group when discussing leadership in scouting. Pilch, an adult leader from Troop 110 from St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in south St. Louis, was attending Scouter Development training which is part of the Lay Apostolate Formation Program for Adults.

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