In Step with the Grace of the Moment
Thursday, April 27, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$80 ~ Lunch and Transportation Provided
Location: Norbertine Hermitage Retreat Center
2017 Day of Reflection registration form
In the respite/breather between our daily ministry and the NACC conference, this day of reflection will provide time and space to be attentive to how the Holy One has “shown up” in our lives—in our encounters with patients, in our heart-to-heart or casual conversations with loved ones and colleagues, in passing meetings with strangers, and in solitude.
Often there is not time “in the moment” to appreciate how Holy Mystery is present to us. We are surprised when we look back on our journey to see God’s self-revelation to us in familiar or new ways. As Pope Francis says, “To be serenely present to each reality, however small it may be, opens us to much greater horizons of understanding and personal fulfillment.” (Laudato Si, 222)
The Road to Emmaus story gives us a real-life example of being in an in-between or liminal space—a place where we may get a glimpse of what is to come without yet knowing the new form our lives may take. Like the disciples on the road, sometimes we may feel disoriented, lacking in hope, or longing for the comforts of home. As we meditatively explore our current situation, with the grace available to us in the moment, a shift in perspective, an openness to change, a new insight, may break in and transform our hearts from broken to burning, as it did the disciples. Then, with renewed hope, we can better tend to the Holy in those with whom we journey.
The day will include time for individual reflection, opportunities for sharing, poetry, song and story, and the freedom to go down whatever road the Spirit leads you toward.
Day of Reflection Facilitator
Meg Ashcroft is a Norbertine Oblate and the Director of the Norbertine Spirituality Center at Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey in Albuquerque. She moved to New Mexico in 1994 to serve on the staff of the Center for Action and Contemplation. Meg has served in campus, parish and retreat ministry for over 25 years. She has a BA in Religious Studies, and MA in Theology, and a certificate in spiritual direction. Meg has facilitated retreat days for hospital/hospice chaplains and other groups, and has worked in spiritual direction with chaplains, ministers and laypeople of many Christian denominations. Her passion is accompanying people as they live into their identity as beloved adult children of God. Meg lives with her husband, Don, seven chickens, two dogs and a horse in the South Valley of Albuquerque.