Concerning the themes "Let it be done" and "With Mary, led by the Holy Spirit," members of the Families of Nazareth Movement (RRN) met at the Marian Shrine in Licheń Stary for the annual retreat. The meeting, which will last until Sunday, January 27, is attended by 370 people - adults, adolescents and children.
When asked why people belonging to the Families of Nazareth Movement come to Licheń to experience a winter formation retreat, Fr. Krzysztof Dulny, organizer of the retreat, replies:
- “It's a matter of looking for something that a person is looking for in life. We have many things in our life and they make us happy. But there is a void deep within us that we are trying to fill. And we come to Licheń to find out how to find this missing part. I mean God. We want to meet him here, ”the priest explained.
According to Fr. Dulnego, it is often said that a retreat is a time to recharge the batteries for further life. In turn, the members of RRN come to Licheń for a completely different purpose: - "This is the time for us to discharge our batteries, to want to seek God also at home, to recharge our battery in everyday life."
The beginning of the preparations for the Lichen retreat begins at the beginning of November - the first issue is to indicate the topics that will guide them. Then the organizational work goes into the hands of selected people. At the same time, materials are being prepared for three groups - adults, adolescents and children.
In the account of Fr. Dulny, during the spiritual exercises, the same topic is discussed, but the presentation of content in individual groups looks different and is adapted to the age and perception of recipients.
On Saturday, participants of the Licheń RRN retreat will connect via the Internet with Bishop Andrzej Siemieniewski, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Wrocław, who is currently in Panama for World Youth Day. Also on Saturday, during the Holy Mass. at. 11.30, Bishop Paweł Socha, senior bishop of the Diocese of Zielona Góra and Gorzów will pray together with the retreatants.
The retreat is attended by members of the RRN from Western Poland: incl. from Poznań, Szczecin, Gorzów Wielkopolski, Zielona Góra, Legnica and Wrocław. Single people also came from Krakow and Warsaw.
The Families of Nazareth Movement is a Marian community operating in parishes. People associated in the community try to explore the spirituality of the Holy Family of Nazareth in their lives. They place particular emphasis on frequent participation in the Eucharist and the sacrament of reconciliation.