Making Space Retreat

"Make each moment an occasion to live deeply, happily, in peace." – Thich Nhat Hanh

Making Space is an opportunity for you to spend a moment with God in the midst of your busy life, to find meaning in your life, to reflect upon where God is journeying with you and to renew your spiritual focus. It is designed for those who find it difficult to commit to an off-campus weekend retreat. Instead, participants are asked to find an hour out of their day for one week from Sunday evening Mass through Thursday to focus on slowing down in prayer, reading and conversation.

This on-campus, self-paced moment is open to all students, staff and faculty of any faith tradition in the Colleges of the Fenway.

The moment consists of:

  • 30 minutes with a spiritual director, scheduled each day, Monday-Thursday, based upon your availability.
  • 30 minutes of personal prayer and reflection on spiritual readings (provided).

What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual direction is a time-honored term for a conversation, ordinarily between two persons, in which one person consults another, more spiritually experienced person, called a spiritual director, about the ways in which God may be touching her or his life, directly or indirectly.

What students, faculty and staff have said about their Making Space experience:

“I was able to talk about my prayer life and the time I take for myself to find God.”

“Being able to set aside some time each day to relax and have a conversation with someone about God was great.”

“I was able to integrate my spiritual practice into my very busy life, into my workplace.”

“I found that I was able to “breathe” and relax more after the meetings with my spiritual director.”

“I was able to set my busy life on pause for 30 minutes and reflect on what God is trying to do for me.”

“It was a little private motivational talk with someone who is “connected with the Divine.”

“It’s beneficial to the care of the whole self. My week was better because of it!”

“I am always running around and this makes you take the time to check in not only on Sunday.”

“It helps me relax, and focus more on the bigger picture of life and to see God in my everyday life.”

“I loved the experience and felt that it helped me to connect with myself and with God in a positive way.”

“It made my week so much more enjoyable, and I realized just how much I had to be thankful for from day to day. I really looked forward to meeting with my spiritual director and the prayer services, and found myself leaving these activities feeling refreshed.”

“It gave me better, more positive perspective on my life and inspired me to build a relationship with God.”

“I believe that the most helpful thing about participating in Making Space was the sense of companionship that you receive. Knowing that someone will be there to listen to your thoughts, to help you reflect in a positive manner and to help you find God in your worst/busiest times was a nice thing.”

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