Teen Retreat – Easton MA

The Maronite Servants of Christ the Light presented a retreat reflection on June 9 to the eighth grade students graduating from Trinity Catholic Academy, Brockton. The retreat, held at Stonehill College, was hosted and facilitated by Fr. Carlos Suarez, parochial vicar in the archdiocese of Boston, and focused on the students in their transition to high school.

The retreat began with Divine Liturgy celebrated in the Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows with Fr. Carlos setting the tone for day by reminding the students that they are the “salt of the earth” (Mt 5:13), and are meant to bring the flavor of Christ to others.  Fr. Carlos elaborated on this theme in the first reflection by reminding the teens that each person has an infinite value and dignity as a child of God, and how things can often go wrong in our lives when we forget to live up to this dignity.  

Afterwards, Mother Marla Marie presented a retreat reflection on being “enough”. Specifically, Mother Marla Marie explained how we often hear the voice of our own insecurities telling us that we are not good enough, or that we do not measure up in some way. Mother emphasized that we are ‘enough’ because God knows and sees everything, even the inner secrets of our hearts, and he loves us as we are, despite our limitations and mistakes. Mother encouraged the students, as they make their transition, to always stay anchored in the love that God has for them, so that regardless of the trials that may come, they will always know that the Father has them in the palm of His hands (cf. Is 49: 16).