By Sr. Natalie Sayde Salameh, MSCL
A Discernment Retreat weekend was offered by the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light at the Mother of Light Convent on April 6 – 8. The theme, Speak Lord, Your servant is Listening, guided the young women to break down the process of vocational discernment whether to marriage or religious life, equipping them with tools to guide a discernment journey.
Through a series of presentations, reflections, group sharing, and prayer the sisters explained how to be attuned to God’s voice. As one of the retreatants remarked, “thank you sisters for a beautiful and peaceful retreat. I’m so blessed and thankful to be able to spend this weekend in your presence.”
A guest speaker, Debbie Perry, shared her witness as a married woman, including the moments of joy and difficulty, insisting with the women that God must be number one in any marriage. The Maronite Servants shared on their own experiences as consecrated religious and what helped them in making their vocational decision. Specifically, Mother Marla Marie, who celebrates her 35th anniversary of religious life, explained how God is more than enough and has deeply fulfilled her.
The Divine Liturgy was offered each day in our Chapel, celebrated by our chaplain Father Nichols, in addition to Eucharistic Adoration. On the last day, the retreatants participated in the Mystery of Penance, receiving God’s mercy on the Feast of New Sunday/Divine Mercy.
The retreatants were given the space they needed to de-compress from their busy lives and just “be” for the Lord. They each commented that they enjoyed getting to know each other and spending time with like-minded young women who are seeking fulfillment and happiness in God’s will for their lives.
If you are seeking resources for discernment, contact the Sisters at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the mission of the Maronite Servants visit their website: maroniteservants.org.