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By BRITON RIVIERE, R.A. (1840-1920)

"The Wilderness" 

A Lenten Retreat Day

 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 

After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 

The tempter came to him and said,

“If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, 

“It is written:

‘Man shall not live on bread alone,

but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’"

Matt 4:1-4

"Lent is not meant to foster morbid gloominess and debilitating self-loathing,

but to thrust us into the heart of Divine love.

We must never forget that the paschal mystery does not expose that which man has done to offend God

but that which God has done to redeem man.

Lent is never about me, no matter how much I may have wronged the Lord;

Lent is always about Christ Jesus and his sacrificial love.”

― Gary Caster, The Little Way of Lent: Meditations in the Spirit of St. Thérèse of Lisieux


Why do a retreat?

"Jesus invites us to be with him, offering our full and undivided attention to him. When we choose to retreat, we make a generous investment in our friendship with Christ. We are not always generous with ourselves where God is concerned. Many of us have tried to incorporate regular times of solitude and silence into the rhythm of our ordinary lives, which may mean that we give God twenty minutes here and half an hour there. And there’s no question we are better for it! But we need more.

Indeed, we long for more.

There has never been a time when the invitation to retreat is so radical and so relevant,

so needed and so welcome.

It is not a luxury, but a necessity of the spiritual life." 

-Ruth Haley Barton, Invitation to Retreat

 “If we don’t come apart for while, we will come apart after awhile.”
–Dallas Willard




"The Wilderness"

Have you been experiencing a wilderness season lately?

Come, hear Jesus inviting you- to come away with Him

Jesus said to them,

`Come away with me.

Let us go alone to a quiet place and rest for a while.' 

Mark 6:31

Retreat Outline


9:30am - Welcome and preparing to retreat

                   What is Lent? Why Lent?

10:00am -Jesus in the wilderness

10:30am -Temptations & testing in the wilderness

11:00am - The devil left and the angels came

11:30am -  Finding God in the wilderness

12-1:00 pm Break for Lunch

1:00pm - Sitting with Jesus in the wilderness

1:30pm - The body in wilderness/Session of Holy Therapeutic Yoga

2:30pm - Closing Benediction Gratitude & Re-Entry 

3:00pm-    Closing Prayer



All activities offered are optional and retreatants are encouraged to participate in what draws them closer to Jesus during the day. Each session will vary in length and include plenty of quiet space for personal reflection 

and time with the Lord.

(minimum of 15 required to hold the retreat,

Outline topics & times subject to change)

When is the Retreat day?

Sorry the retreat has been cancelled-

A quiet waiting room will open at 9:15am with reflective music.

There will be several short breaks during the day and an hour long break for lunch from 12-1pm.

Suggested Offering?

A suggested offering of $40.00 is greatly appreciated.

Scholarships are available to those experiencing financial hardship. Submit a request for assistance here.

Payment can be made below with PayPal, or to avoid processing fees use Venmo (cecilia-whitacre), Chase QuickPay or send a check in the mail.

1421 E. Gloria Dr

Palatine, IL  60074

(Fees are non-refundable unless the retreat is cancelled, but you can transfer it to someone else)


This retreat is being offered Online using the Zoom Webinar platform.

This allows us all to be safe and also for those outside the state to join in.

This platform also allows you to come as you are because no one will see or hear you - making it a true retreat and time for just you and God.

Register today!

Please register soon, so we know if there are enough attendees to hold the retreat.