Cenacle Recovery Update!

At this time, we are closed due to recovery and cleanup efforts. Although the Retreat House is closed until further notice, the phone is now working. If it goes to voice mail, we will respond as soon as possible 281.497.3131 or reach us by email if you have questions or concerns about your retreat or program.

Retreats, Days of Prayer, Series, Spiritual Direction

Please contact Sr. Mary Ann Peters, rc at mapetersrc@CenacleRetreatHouse.org

Spiritual Direction Institute

Please contact Sr. Ann Goggin, rc at sdi@CenacleRetreatHouse.org

Hospitality Groups

Please contact Julia Smelley at jsmelley@CenacleRetreatHouse.org

Cenacle Prayer Enrollment Cards

Chicago Cenacle Office is taking orders for Houston! Check out their website, https://www.cenaclesisters.org/chicago/prayer-enrollment or call them at 773-549-0725 or 888-549-0725.

Quotes

"From the moment I stepped out of my car, I felt immersed in the peace that is the Cenacle. I wasn't sure what I was looking for but now I understand it was just being able to set aside my daily baggage and just be. I expected peace and quiet but didn't realize how encompassing it would be for body, mind and spirit, the Spiritual Direction, Massage, Art Cove, Liturgical Services, the food, and the great hospitality."

- M.G.P

PrayerS & Meditations

Goodness

Take some time to reflect on GOODNESS in our world

In a letter from Mother Therese Couderc to Mother de Larochenegly written August 10, 1866, she shares:

"A few days ago, I saw something that consoled me very much. It was during my thanksgiving, when I was making a few reflections on the goodness of God and how would it be possible not to think of this in such moments: of this infinite goodness, uncreated goodness, source of all goodness! And without which there would be no goodness, neither in people nor in other creatures. I was extremely touched by these reflections, when I saw written as in letters of gold this word, Goodness which I repeated for a long while with an indescribable sweetness. I saw it, I say, written on all creatures, animate and inanimate, rational or not all bore this name of Goodness. I saw it even on the chair, which I was using for a kneeler. I understood then that all that these creatures have of good and all the services and help that we receive from each of them are a blessing that we owe to the goodness of our God, who has communicated to them something of his infinite goodness, so that we may meet it in everything and everywhere."

Take time in this season each day to reflect on where you experience GOODNESS for example, in:

  • the color of a sunset
  • the beauty of a flower
  • people chatting over a coffee
  • the smell of the sea
  • the twinkle of lights at night

Stop and pay attention a while, notice and then give thanks.

This contemplation will bring you peace and hope!


Other Prayers & Meditations

Prayer Written by Julian of Norwich

I know that at times I will be troubled,
I know that at times I will be belabored,
I know that at times I will be disquieted,
But I believe that I will not be overcome. Amen
Julian of Norwich, England (c. 1342-c.1419)

Prayer Written by Marquerite-Mari Alacoque

O Heart of Love, I place all my trust in You.
I fear all things from my own weakness,
but I hope for all things from your goodness.
Marquerite-Mari Alacoque, France (1647-1690)


God speaks:

“I am the breeze that nurtures all things green
I am the rain coming from the dew
that causes the grasses to laugh with joy of life.
I am the yearning for good.”
Hidegard of Bingen, Germany (1098-1179)

Traditional Celtic Prayer

God to enfold me,
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my thinking.
God in my sleeping,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my hoping.

Prayer Written by Julian of Norwich

The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything
God is the ground, the substance,
the teaching, the teacher,
the purpose, and the reward for which every soul labors.
Julian of Norwich, England (c 1342-1419)

Prayer from Teresa of Avila

From silly devotions
and from sour-face saints,
good Lord, deliver us.
Teresa of Avila, Spain (1515-1582)