The Contemplative Spirituality of Fr. Solanus Casey
Wednesday November 1, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
Father Solanus Casey spoke in a soft and quiet voice to all who came to him for help. And he prayed. Some say his prayers cured illness. All say his serenity and counsel gave them peace. He had faithfully served the people of Detroit, MI, Huntington, IN, New York City and Yonkers, NY by providing soup for the hungry, kind words for the troubled, and a healing touch for the ill. Wherever he served, people would line up for blocks for a moment with Fr. Solanus.
Fr. Solanus’ contemplative spirituality can be summarized as "an Attitude of Gratitude" which he called “the first sign of a thinking, rational creature.” The "barakah" prayer, “Blessed Be God Forever” poured continually from his lips. “Love for God and neighbor” is another recurring theme of his writings along with obedience, trust, humility, and patience.
Very early in his religious life he formed the practice of writing simple resolutions as reminders to guide him on the way of perfection. A very important little writing that we find there is the following list of five points:
Means for Realizing God's Love:
I. Detachment of oneself from earthly affections.
Singleness of purpose.
II. Meditation on the Passion of Jesus Christ.
III. Uniformity with the Divine Will.
IV. Lectio Divina – meditation and contemplation.
V. Prayer – “Ask and it shall be given to you.”
Solanus Casey noted in his journal the following "Rule of Life" to preserve God's presence:
I. Make a good intention at the beginning of each week and frequently during its execution.
II. Aspire to raise your heart to Him frequently throughout the week.
All these simple admonitions form a very worthy program to help one advance along the way of holiness. We can be sure that Fr. Solanus found them to be a reliable guide on his way to perfection. If one could take just a few of these points and follow them through perseveringly, one would surely grow in love for God, be able to live in His presence, and overcome all that could keep us from our true destiny, eternal life and happiness with God.
On May 4, Pope Francis announced that the longtime Detroit friar would be elevated to the status of “blessed,” only the second American-born man to be honored with such a distinction. The beatification Mass is to take place on November 18th at Ford Field in Detroit.
Join us on Wednesday November 1st to learn about the life, contemplative spirituality, and miracles of Fr. Solanus Casey, presented by Fr. David Rosenberg. Registration begins at 9:00am with coffee and doughnuts. The morning session is followed by All Saints Day Mass and lunch, and time to browse the Gift & Book store. The afternoon session is scheduled to end around 4:00pm. Early registration fee before October 11th is $60. After that, the fee becomes $65.
"Entering the Heart of God": A Contemplative Retreat for Women
November 17-19, 2017
This retreats follows Fr. Charles Irvin's book where he takes every word and phrase in the Our Father prayer and peels back the layers to expose the richness that lays within. As Catholics, we pray the Lord's Prayer at every Mass, as well as on many other occasions. Has this prayer become too familiar? Do we really hear the words when we recite this prayer? Do we really understand its meaning?
This retreat compliments the content of our 2017-18 Parish Weekend Retreats and include ample time for contemplation for all of the retreatants. You will also have the opportunity to sign up for spiritual direction during the weekend.
Check in begins at 6:00 pm on November 17th.
Cost is $175 with a $25 non-refundable deposit.
"Grow in Grace, Go in Love" Married Couples Weekend
December 1-3, 2017
Spend a weekend away with your spouse to connect with God's Grace as a couple. The weekend includes:
Registration fee is $300 per couple with a $50 non-refundable deposit. If you refer a couple and they attend, get $50 off your registration.