Have you ever been on a spiritual retreat and witnessed that profound change in a person? Maybe you were on the Team giving the retreat. Maybe you were a participant. Maybe that person was you.
That change–that shift–is the work of the Holy Spirit. It’s a transformation in faith. And it’s such a privilege to witness… it’s why I do what I do.
It’s the “AH-HA” moment that teachers live for; when we get to be a part of someone making a connection between what they are learning and what they are doing. They get it… they really get it! In religious education and on retreats, that AH-HA moment is filled with the grace and joy because we have the privilege of participating with the divine.
So we see this transformation in faith happen on a retreat. We see retreatants come to the end of the retreat on fire with the Holy Spirit, receptive, vulnerable, open, and joyful… and asking us how to continue that retreat experience.
That receptive, vulnerable, open, joyful person on fire with the Holy Spirit is why I wrote Continuing the Journey: Cultivating Lived Faith. I wrote it for adults to read, reflect, and journal on their own, and then come together to discuss their answers in small faith sharing groups. It’s not that a person can’t read it on their own–they certainly can! It’s more that those retreatants on fire with the Holy Spirit need something–deserve something–that can help them keep that fire alive as they return to daily life.
That something is lived faith. That fire is evangelization. And a fantastic way to do this is through a small faith sharing group.