Step by Step Retreats


 "Hunger and long for God. Prepare for God's coming in His Word, as you would want and eagerly prepare for a visit with the dearest person in your life. Invite God to reveal and communicate Himself to you, to speak to you and teach you how to listen to Him. Choose God." (Fr. Nigro)

A poppy flower turns relentlessly toward the Sun, raising its head, and hungry to absorb its life-giving light and warmth. This is the payer of the poppy, to absorb the light of the Sun and to turn itself into bloom, to offer praise to God with its bright color and scent in its delicate fragility.

"The mountain gave the sense of eternity to the young philosopher, but after that, the poppy taught him the fragility of transient things, which obey time. To meditate means, among other things, to know Eternity in Transient moment anytime. It also means it is necessary to fully bloom when your time to bloom has come, to love with all your heart when your time to love has come, without taking anything in return; besides what God gives us every moment what else could we receive and from who? Let us think at the reason why poppies bloom…and for whom…
The young philosopher learned thus to profoundly meditate without any purpose or profit; he also realized he must meditate from the simple joy of existing, loving God's eternal light. "Love is its own reward" said Saint Bernard. "The flower blooms because it blooms"
said once Angelus Silesius." (Fr. Leloup)

Scripture: "Learn from the way the wild flowers grow…" (Mt 6:28)
"All mankind is grass, and all their glory like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower wilts, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it…Though the grass withers and the flower wilts, the word of our God stands forever" (Is 40: 6-8)