Message from the Director-"We are Conquerors"“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John10,10)
Vincentian retreats are formed to help the people of God to grow in their faith as to receive the salvation given by Jesus. Our preaching’s and teachings are based on the Word of God and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Word of God is Jesus Himself. (John1,1). Hence every Word has got life and spirit. (John6,63). Our retreats help a person to grow in life especially in times of a death culture and to immerse oneself in the Holy Spirit especially in times the evil spirits that distract to destroy, steal and kill a person(John 10,10). Pope Francis affirms the existence of devil and his traps. Pope speaks about three stages of attack; First “the temptation begins subtly but then it grows and increasingly grows stronger”. Then “it infects someone else … it spreads to another and seeks to take root in the community”. Finally, “to calm the soul, it seeks to justify itself”. In short: it “grows, spreads and justifies itself”((by L'Osservatore Romano, Weekly ed. in English, n. 16, 18 April 2014). We are not losers but conquerors in Christ Jesus. Vincentian retreats help you to be conquerors(Romans8,37).
Fr. Rojan George, VC
Vincentian Retreat Centre, Melbourne
Prayer of the Month
The Stations of the Cross
Mary, my Mother, you were the first to live the Way of the Cross. You felt every pain and every humiliation. You were unafraid of the ridicule heaped upon you by the crowds. Your eyes were ever on Jesus and His Pain. Is that the secret of your miraculous strength? How did your loving heart bear such a burden and such a weight? As you watched Him stumble and fall, were you tortured by the memory of all the yesterdays - His birth, His hidden life and His ministry?
You were so desirous of everyone loving Him. What a heartache it was to see so many hate Him - hate with a diabolical fury. Take my hand as I make this Way of the Cross. Inspire me with those thoughts that will make me realise how much He loves me. Give me light to apply each station to my daily life and to remember my neighbour's needs in this Way of the Pain.
Obtain for me the grace to understand the mystery, the wisdom and the Divine love as I go from scene to scene. Grant that my heart, like yours, may be pierced through by the sight of His sorrow and the misery and that I may determine never to offend Him again. What a price He paid to cover my sins, to open the gates of Heaven for me and to fill my soul with His own Spirit. Sweet Mother, let us travel this way together and grant that the love in my poor heart may give you some slight consolation.Read More