“Awaiting the Spirit in this Year of Faith” at Holy Family Residence was facilitated by a three-day retreat on May 13-15 during the novena before Pentecost. Father Fredrick Miller, professor of systematic theology at Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Md., preached an old-fashioned, down-to-earth retreat.
Dolores, an apartment Resident, turned down a chance to go to a family gathering so she could participate in the retreat and she said, “Boy! Am I glad I stayed home!”
Another apartment Resident, Regina, loved the practical suggestions Father Miller gave at the end of each conference, like: “Come to chapel to make a little visit during the day.” “Offer your sufferings for our country.” “Ask the Holy Spirit for the gift of prayer, and take time to pray.”
George, a volunteer, said, “I knew the story of Fatima inside out, but Father Miller made it come alive. Mary’s message surely challenges us today.”
Chester, the Resident who leads the daily Rosary, said, “You got it right! Father got it right! We are joined by the angels at Mass! And, like little Francesco said, it’s good to spend time with the Hidden Jesus in the Eucharist.”
Besides record attendance at Masses and afternoon conferences, many confessions, and much positive feedback during the retreat, there was the grace of having Father Miller eat dinner in the dining room and meet with Residents, staff, and family members. Then, on Thursday, May 16, Father preached a Day of Recollection for our AJJs. It was really a Holy week at Holy Family!
To listen to Father’s talks, please click here.