An Online Retreat
A 34 week retreat for Everyday Life
An Online Ministry of the Collaborative Ministry Office at Creighton University
Click on the links below in order to enjoy this wonderful retreat!!!
Be sure to read the "How Do I Get Started?" section below first,
so you can get the most out of this online retreat!
Week 1: Let's Begin at the Beginning: Our Life Story
Week 2: Our Story: Exploring Its Depth
Week 3: Perspective - A Picture of Harmony
Week 4: A Picture of Harmony - Living in Balance
Week 5: The Disorder of Sin -- Appalling Rebellion
Week 6: The Disorder of Sin -- Personal Rebellion
Week 7: The Disorder of Sin -- Personal Patterns
Week 8: God's Love for us -- Forgiving Mercy
Week 9: God's Love for us -- Healing Mercy
Week 10: The Invitation of Love -- Please be with me.
Week 11: The Invitation of Love -- Our response.
Week 12: God's Compassion Missions Jesus.
Week 13: God Prepares the Way.
Week 14: God Announces the Way; Servants are Open.
Week 15: We experience his birth, for us.
Week 15a: Review Week
Week 16: A Hidden Life for Thirty Years.
Week 17: Two Ways of Desiring.
Week 17a: Review Week
Week 18: Three Kinds of Responses.
Week 19: Journey from Nazareth to River Jordan Baptism.
Week 20: The Temptations in the Desert.
Week 21: Jesus Calls Others to Join Him.
Week 22: Jesus Shares His Message.
Week 23: Jesus Heals.
Week 24: Jesus Confronts Religious Leaders.
Week 25: Jesus as Water, Light, and Life Itself.
Week 26: Jesus Journeys to Jerusalem and Heals His Disciples' Blindness about His and Their Mission.
Week 27: Jesus Gives Us His Body and Blood, as Food and as Example.
Week 28: Jesus Surrenders to His Passion.
Week 29: Jesus dies for us.
Week 30: Jesus is Risen.
Week 31: Jesus is with us.
Week 32: Jesus is with us - to nourish us for our mission.
Week 33: Let us reflect on God's love for us and our response.
Week 34: Let us reflect on the path before us.
How Do I Get Started Making The Retreat?
Early in the week, read the weekly activity above. They will shape what you do during the upcoming week. Usually, the invitation is to let the grace you are praying for become a part of the "background" of your daily life. Asking for the grace in the morning, and staying conscious of that grace throughout the day, will allow that grace, that reflection, to interact with the events, conversations, meetings and challenges of each day. And, spending a few moments each night to express our gratitude for what we have received, will begin to shape each very interactive week with God - my asking and opening my heart, and God being patient and generous with me. Each week's printout contains the following parts:
Guide: The Guide lays out how to make that week of the retreat and gives the theme of the week, particularly the grace to pray for that week.
Photo: This image helps us focus during the week.
Getting Started: Additional help for beginning that particular week, and shaping one's reflection during the week.
For the Journey: Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J. writes a simple reflection for the week, as an aid to entering more deeply.
In These or Similar Words: A help for praying with my own words, with an invitation to personalize my prayer.
Readings: Readings from Scripture or other sources that support the graces for that week.
Prayer(s): Another resource to help enrich the week's reflection.
Each week is different in the graces asked for and in the material reflected upon, and each week builds upon another. The growth is progressive and step-by-step. The Retreat uses the movements of the Spiritual Exercises to help us grow in spiritual freedom and the ability to find intimacy with God in the midst of our every day busy lives.
These three help pages should answer most of your questions:
How to use this site to make a retreat. FAQ
Helps for making this retreat on your own.
Helps for a group making this retreat.
When Should I Start the Retreat?
The retreat can begun at any time. You have the option to do the retreat with the Liturgical year, by beginning about the middle of September each year. This is especially wonderful for people in a family or friends, or groups of people in a parish, making the retreat together. If you start in September, you will reflect on the nativity in December and the Passion during Lent.
Trust in God. He sees you are making active efforts to expand your faith. If you trust in Him, He will give you the graces you need to grow and will help you each week as you move along!
If you would like to expand your experience of this retreat...or see it in another language (ie. Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese), other resources are available.
This page was created to help you access the retreat information quickly and efficiently. If you would like to "do more" please go to the Creighton Retreat website so you can lookup bible references, participate in blogs, etc., here is the direct link:
In addition, you might want to check out all of Creighton University's online services - which are wonderful: