For many years my wife and I have accompanied the second year confirmation classes on their weekend retreat. The teens are restless and insecure  and many of them clearly do not even want to be there.  The first talk of every retreat is given by a retreat team member encouraging everyone to open their minds and their hearts to the experience.  As an adult group facilitator I can always spot the shy kids or the popular outgoing characters who are afraid to drop their defenses and experience vulnerability. Other teens seem more willing to enter into the retreat, sharing themselves on a deep and intimate level. Some may come out of hiding on the second day and others have their shields up the whole weekend.  It’s only the second week of Lent.  How open am I being on this forty day retreat?  Do I still have layers to peel away so that the gentle Spirit of God can do Her work?  It’s time to get real.

by Andrew