I pray that God may give you a spirit of wisdom,
so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened
you may know what is the hope to which God has called you,
and what is the immeasurable greatness of God’s power
for us who believe. (Eph1:17-19a)
Christian hope finds its roots in the risen life of Christ. It is based on a firm belief that God is for us and never against us. Hope lives fully in the present, but also believes beyond today. Hope is not so much finding meaning in hopeless situations as it is a trust and belief that the catalyst of divine power enables us to grow through loss and suffering and discover new life beyond it. We not only survive loss, we can grow wiser, stronger, and more compassionate—depending on our approach to what causes us pain and difficulty. In this retreat Joyce Rupp explores the reoccurring question of “what does it mean to have hope?” She presents numerous aspects of this virtue that can help one lead a more peaceful and joy-oriented life. She invites participants to enter into a renewed spirit of hope, one that balances the unwanted aspects of life with the powerful energy of a faith-filled hope.
Margaret Stratman, OSM
This retreat is based on the book, Boundless Compassion. Each Tuesday evening focuses on one of the themes in the book. The retreat will be led by Joyce Rupp and co-directors, along with certified facilitators of the program.
All presenters and leaders of the Boundless Compassion retreats are certified facilitators. They have studied with Joyce Rupp and have been trained to lead the program in its various formats, including the four day retreat. Joyce continues to lead the training workshops that follow the four day retreats. She will do so in IL and MN in 2020.