The past few days we have heard the parable of the Sower and the Seed.  This is one of my favorite parables because it shows the lavishness of God, the Sower.  The seed is sown, not matter where, no matter what.  Sometimes the seed falls on the rocky, drought-ridden, hard ground of my heart.  At other times, my heart is tilled, mulched, open and ready to receive whatever is sown.  But no matter the condition of my heart, the Sower continues to sow.  Over abundance, lavish and with abandon the seed is sown.  It gives me hope that the seed continues to be sown whether I am ready for it or not.  It is always there.  
 
Given the world situation today, we live from day to day wondering and making choices to try to secure our future.  Here at IL Ritiro, we have had two major changes recently.  Glenda, a mainstay since the beginning of IL Ritiro and S. Marlene, the promoter of an awesome line up of speakers the last seven years, have both retired.   We pray that both experience the overflowing love and goodness from a lavish God as they continue their journeys with the ultimate Sower.
 
We want you to know that we will continue, as best we can, while seeking suitable replacements for these two women.  Please be patient if a phone call isn't returned as quickly as you would like or if we are unable to answer a question you may have regarding future programs.
 
We do have a phenomenal line-up for this year beginning with Fr. Ed Shea, OFM which we, sadly, had to cancel.  His "Four Commandments of Contentment" are just what the doctor ordered for a time when it seems chaos and darkness overwhelm.  Sr. Monica Marie Laws, OSF will present "Come As You Are" which will have us looking at personal gifts in an interesting, scriptural way.   Willliam Elliot will transport us to another realm in his "Poetry as Prayer" presentation and Belden Lane, Ph. D. "Reading God's Green Scriptures" will explore the discipline of a contemplative life from the outer landscape of our environment to the inner terrain of the heart.  Please check out our retreat section of this website.  
                                                                                                                                        
 
 God is good all the time.  Come experience that Goodness at IL Ritiro.