Retreat: Cowley Magazine - Spring 2019

We invite you to explore the Spring 2019 issue of Cowley Magazine, which takes up the topic of Retreat. We hope this issue will help you to hear the call to become lost in love with God.

Explore the online magazine, view selected articles below, or download a PDF copy.

Reflection: Retreat

By Curator

“What framework might open your heart to God’s revelation at this season in your life?”

In this Monastic Wisdom reflection on “Retreat,” three Brothers share their vision for how to shape a retreat experience in order to “enter more fully into the divine life.”

Letter from the Superior

By Br. James Koester

“Retreat is a time to become lost in love with God.”

Br. James Koester introduces the issue’s theme of retreat and shares recent news of the community’s life.

Letter from the FSJ – Mac Murray

By Curator

“I know that God has a plan for our time together, but I don’t always know what it is. ”

FSJ Member Mac Murray shares how transformative his regular practice retreat-taking has been.

A Retreat Is Not an Advance

By Br. Curtis Almquist

“Your retreat will be an answer to prayer, an answer to God’s prayer for you. ”

Br. Curtis Almquist explains why a retreat is not an advance, but rather a chance to recollect life with gratitude.

Retreat at Home

By Br. Luke Ditewig

“Retreat is much more than going away and it does not require going far away. Start small.”

Br. Luke Ditewig suggests how we can experience the gifts of retreat at home.


By Br. Jonathan Maury

“Whenever your life gives opportunity for leisure, dare to be spontaneous, even silly.”

Have you embraced your calling to the “priesthood of leisure”? Br. Jonathan Maury celebrates the importance of weaving recreation into daily life.

Your Retreat Day

By Curator

“Retreat, at heart, is simply about making ourselves available to God.”

A practical, four-page guide on crafting a retreat day invites us to collaborate with God.

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