The Catholic University of America


CUA Online Retreat

January 24-26, 2014


Welcome to the first CUA Online Retreat. This retreat is designed to create an opportunity for you to reflect on your relationship with God and the person you are called to become in 2014. We invite you to trust that the Holy Spirit will guide you during these three days. Lastly, remember to pray not to get results, but to love God and to become the person God is calling you to become. 
Let’s begin with a few reminders about prayer.
Tips for praying
Find a comfortable, quiet space.
Spend time quieting yourself, removing distractions.
Pray for a grace which you desire.
Read the Scripture passage slowly. Read it again.
Reflect and let the passage seep in.
Choose a reflection question to bring to prayer.
Be quiet and let God speak to you.
Do not over analyze, just listen.
Journal your insights.
End with a familiar prayer.
Be open, throughout the day to hear God’s voice.
In the privacy of your own home and at a time convenient for you, you will receive materials for reflection via the internet. Each day you be invited to commit to at least 30 minutes of prayer and reflection. This time allows you to quiet down and truly enter into the scripture passage, reading and reflection questions.
Remember that prayer is being in relationship with God. God is already present in our lives—prayer is how we respond to God’s presence. Relationships require talking and listening.  Listen to what God has to say to you. Respond to God in your own words, with all of your fears, struggles, needs, joys, desires, etc.
The materials for each day will include:
  • suggestions for setting the stage to enter into prayer
  • an opening prayer
  • scripture
  • reflection
  • reflection questions
  • a concluding prayer

You also will receive an evaluation form at the end of the retreat. Let us remember to hold one another in prayer throughout these days. Blessings on your journey.


Retreat Theme

The theme for this three-day online retreat is “Life’s Key Questions.” Father Michael Himes, Professor of Theology at Boston College identifies THREE KEY QUESTIONS for everyone to answer if they desire to experience life in abundance:

  • First, what gives you JOY? Or what is the source of your JOY?
  • Second, what are you good at? How are you being empowered to use your gifts and talents in the fullest way possible?
  • Third, what does the world need? What does the community of people in which you live really need from your talents?

Lectio Divina

The CUA Online Retreat uses a method of praying with scripture called Lectio Divina. Click here to download an information sheet about Lectio Divina.

Online Retreat Materials

Use the links that will appear below to download retreat materials for each day.

Please note that links become active at 5:00am each day.