"Called to be ‘Mercy’” – Teen Retreat, Easton, MA.

Sr. Natalie Sayde

The Maronite Servants of Christ the Light presented a retreat reflection on May 31st (Feast of the Visitation) 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, vocation director in the Archdiocese of Boston, with the focus on their transitioning to high school.

The retreat began with Divine Liturgy celebrated in the Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows. Fr. Carlos set the tone of the day by reminding the students that they are called to be like our Lady in her visitation to Elizabeth, in that, they are called to come out of themselves and serve the other in their moments of need and difficulty. Let’s face it – its hard to consider the other when we are so absorbed by what’s troubling us, but Mary gives us a beautiful example. Rather than being troubled by so many variables such as, how am I going to make this long journey? What if something happens to my baby along the way? How am I going to explain my pregnancy to Elizabeth? Mary sets out with love, only to find love awaiting her.   

After, some fun icebreakers and group activities, Mother Marla Marie presented a retreat reflection on being “mercy”. Specifically, Mother Marla Marie explained how we are called everyday, not just in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, to be merciful to others. Jesus gave us the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, so that none of us can be in any doubt what Our Lord meant when He said, “Be merciful as your Heavenly Father is merciful  (Lk 6: 36).