God created us out of love. He created us for a life of unity with Him — He who is Love itself. Until we know true unity with God, until we seek Him as the fulfillment of our every desire, we will continue to feel some measure of discontentment and dissatisfaction. The more we turn to God, the deeper a relationship we have with Him, the happier and more fulfilled we will be.
As we begin this year’s Lenten journey, we ought to take the time to re-evaluate our relationships with God. Where does He stand in order of priority in our lives? How deep are our personal relationships with Him? Surely it is true that every one of us has a relationship with God that, no matter how deep it may be, could be deeper. We are humans living in a fallen world, too often turning to worldly things for fulfillment or comfort. Yet, Jesus is here, and He is calling us to turn our hearts to Him. In a word, He is calling us to conversion.
On Feb. 17, we will welcome Fr. Jay Buhman, Pastor of All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege, as he conducts a one-day retreat during which he will direct our hearts and minds in conversion to Christ.
“Oftentimes we have an aversion to the idea of conversion,” Fr. Buhman says. “We think, ‘I’ve already converted to the faith’ or that the need for conversion indicates that ‘I am an evil person who needs to become good.’ But the reality is that the need for conversion applies to all of us, as we can always go from good to better when it comes to our prayer life and our relationships with God.”
Fr. Buhman will give a series of talks throughout the day helping us connect with God on a deeper level.
“It is my hope that through this retreat, people will come to an understanding of conversion that calls them into a deeper relationship with God,” Fr. Buhman says. “There is a deep element of prayer that involves being in a friendship with the God who made us.”
In addition to Fr. Buhman’s talks, the retreat will also include small-group discussions, time for prayer, breakfast, and lunch. It will be a full and faith-strengthening day — the perfect way to kick off Lent.
“Lent is a time that allows us to be more intentional with our prayer life,” Fr. Buhman says. “Instead of just riding the wave of life, Lent gives us the opportunity to be more intentional with our life and our relationships. It is the perfect time to re-assess the nature of our relationships — with God, with your spouse, and with others.”
This retreat is our chance to do just that!
Taking place in the Bishop Vasa Hall, the retreat begins with Mass at 8:15 a.m., followed by a continental breakfast. Then, Fr. Buhman’s talks will begin. He will give a series of three talks, and small-group discussion and/or time for prayer will follow each talk. Then, lunch will be served. The day will conclude with adoration and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and will end at about 3 p.m.
It is bound to be a day full of spiritual growth and many blessings. We encourage everyone to make it a priority to come!