On Saturday, March 11, at 4:00pm, what a joy it was to celebrate with you our reunion on the Feast of the Transfiguration! Perhaps at Mass you made the same connection that I did with the Gospel and recognized that the many graced moments we experienced together on retreat, were similar to the wonders experienced by Peter, James and John on their own retreat with Jesus, on that mountain. On this particular Sunday, it was truly a joy to be with you and to celebrate Mass with the intention of thanking and praising God for the miracles and wonderful light both given by God and received by each one of us with gratitude on retreat.
At our reunion Mass, I was aware of not only my gratitude for what Peter, James and John experienced with Jesus over the course of that one day with him on the mountain, but what we ourselves had experienced over the course of four days and three nights on both weekends. And beyond our own retreat, my intention to praise God was also for those hundreds of men and women who have been preparing in our Archdiocese to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church this Easter. Even now, just the thought of all of this, Jesus caring for each one and for all, fills me with such gratitude to God. What a wonder it is to witness to the wonderful work of God bringing such transformation in our lives through all of these graced experiences!
While the experience of Peter, James and John is unique, as is each Cursillo Retreat or class that is going through the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and Children, there is one thing we do have in common and that is a grace to all. What Peter, James and John witnessed on the mountain is what we each came to experience for ourselves, as do those preparing to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation. Each of us came to see more or less, ONLY JESUS. For this Light and Grace we can only thank God!
From our February retreat, to our March reunion, I am hoping that this column in April will lead us to give greater thanks and praise to God for the Light we are receiving this Easter and Pentecost. With Peter, James and John and with all the others Jesus is calling, may we pray also in the Light of Divine Mercy,
“Dear Jesus, Help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but ONLY JESUS.” Cardinal John Henry Newman
Since it is only Jesus, let us make a friend, be a friend and bring a friend to Christ.
Fr Jim Perkl