All ladies in Victoria and the encircling areas, not simply Catholics, are invited to a Morning of Reflection at Our Woman of Victory Cathedral from 9 a.m. to midday March 20.
The day will start with the rosary, adopted by eucharistic adoration, reflection, confession and Mass for girls ages 18 and older. The occasion is hosted by the Girls’s Discipleship Crew of the Diocese of Victoria, a bunch of six ladies, which shaped about eight months in the past.
“What I hope to get out of it’s actually simply recharging as a lady of God so I can come dwelling to be a greater mom, spouse and good friend,” mentioned Gabriela Meyer, a member of Holy Household Catholic Church who plans to attend the morning occasion. “I believe we’re fortunate to have these kinds of reflections as a result of now we have not had them previously. We needed to go to greater cities, so we’re very lucky this has began, and hopefully, we’ll preserve doing it.”
Previously, Meyer has needed to journey elsewhere to attend such occasions. In Houston, she attended Morning of Recollection occasions hosted by Opus Dei, a Catholic group of largely lay individuals who consider everybody known as to holiness in extraordinary life. She is worked up to have the same occasion proper right here in her yard.
“When this popped up, I mentioned, ‘I’m going,’” she mentioned.
Within the technique of taking good care of oneself, generally the bodily side is dominant and the religious side is secondary, Meyer mentioned. Nail and hair salons and film theaters appeal to consideration whereas religious actions are placed on the again burner.
“We’re so centered on the bodily being that we overlook about our souls,” she mentioned. “As a mother, it’s laborious to seek out quiet and focus at dwelling, so this Morning of Reflection is ready to give me that refreshing renewal that I want.”
Meyer known as the upcoming morning a “spa for the soul,” a line she borrowed from a convention she attended. She continued that ladies must be refreshed and renewed by spending time with the Lord, and God speaks by the priest through the reflection.
“It’s a bunch of girls at totally different phases in life, however they are saying, ‘He spoke proper to me,’ and it’s superb. God at all times is aware of what we have to hear,” she mentioned. “It doesn’t matter the place you’re at, God speaks to you the place you’re in that second of life. It’s a cheering on from God. It’s superb how the Holy Spirit is working by him (the priest) to ship a message — what it’s essential to hear at that second.”
Eucharistic adoration, a time to relaxation within the presence of God, might be supplied.
“Jesus is really current — physique, blood, soul and divinity — within the consecrated host,” mentioned the Rev. Dalton Ervin, parochial vicar on the Cathedral of Our Woman of Victory and director of the Morning of Reflection. “It’s spending time together with your good friend. Jesus mentioned, ‘I not name you servants however my associates,’ and associates spend time collectively.”
The reflection might be on John 4, which is the account of the Samaritan lady at Jacob’s properly. The traditional observe known as lectio divina, which implies sacred studying, might be used to expertise the scripture. The 4 elements of lectio divina are lectio, oratio, meditatio and contemplatio. Lectio is studying the passage, oratio is praying over the passage in silence, meditatio is reflecting on the passage by meditation, and contemplatio is the fruit of the time of prayer.
“They’ll take the fruit of the time of prayer with them, and of their every day lives, stay it out within the midst of their careers, roles as moms and wives, single ladies, no matter their stake in life is,” Ervin mentioned. “The true hope is that by doing this collectively as a bunch, they can observe lectio divina on their very own — studying, praying, meditating and considering day-after-day in the event that they need to on the scriptures. They’re constructing one thing they will take and use every day of their lives.”
Confession, which is a means for individuals to guage their relationship with God, additionally might be supplied. It’s a time when individuals have a look at their attitudes or actions — their sins — that maintain them again from plentiful life. The morning will finish with a Mass, which incorporates the Eucharist, as a time of thanksgiving to God for all he provides. Girls who attend might select to convey a Bible, a rosary, different prayer supplies or a journal. In response to COVID-19, members will put on masks and preserve their distance from each other.
Laura Reyes, a member of the Girls’s Discipleship Crew who helps arrange the Morning of Reflection, mentioned the concept for the occasion was born out of a retreat she and different diocese leaders attended.
“We had a second of reflection with one of many clergymen, and all the ladies liked it and wished to recreate it,” Reyes mentioned. “ I simply consider mothers who’re busy and by no means get away and really feel dangerous for leaving their households. This can be a good, holy excuse to get away and take time for themselves — self-care and self-love — whereas being spiritually nourished.”
Elena Anita Watts covers arts, tradition and leisure for the Victoria Advocate.