Starting January 1, 2018 I will be entering into a sabbatical year.  As such, there are no InterMission Silent Retreats planned for 2018.

Please feel free to contact Kingfisher Bay Retreat House should you wish to book a time away for retreat in Ontario or check out the InterMission Silent Retreat website for an InterMission silent retreat in Alberta (see links below).

Grace and Peace.

Kingfisher Bay Retreat House or InterMission Silent Retreat

Welcome to Guideposts Ministries

Our spiritual condition

Have you ever thought about the health of your spiritual life?  In our society we are consumed with the health of our physical and mental health but very little is mentioned about the health of our spiritual life.  Of course, all three aspects of ourselves are intimately intertwined but we often like to think we can separate them – perhaps because they seem more manageable that way.  But the truth is our spiritual life is an integral part of our health.  Our sense of purpose and well being stems from the sure knowledge (in body and soul) of who we are and to whom we belong.

Why are we here?  What is the meaning of our life?  These are basic, yet very important questions and they cut to the core of our being.  If we take the time to really look and reflect on our interior lives, we will likely find that we are hungry and thirsty for God.  Initially we might think we are just hungry for a better job or more money to pay the bills, better relationships, or deeper friendships.  Those things might be true, but they are ultimately superficial truths.  The deeper truth is that our hearts are restless.  This is often reflected in our ceaseless activity.  We have become ‘human doings’ instead of ‘human beings’.  We will continue to live as restless people until our lives become rooted and established in God.

Jesus speaks to all of us when He said, “Are you tired?  Worn out?  Burned out on religion?  Come to me.  Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.  I’ll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.  Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30; The Message).

Journey with Jesus.  It is Jesus Christ that invites you to come apart before you ‘come apart’.  He is calling each one of us – gently.  Learning to listen for His voice amongst the clamour of our activities and see His fingerprints amongst the harried details of our lives is the gift of spiritual direction.  It is in spiritual direction that sacred hospitality to the Spirit is offered so that the directee may know God’s love experientially.  Through prayer and conversation, the directee and director co-discern the movement of the Spirit and the fingerprints of God in the directee’s life.  This is a wonder-filled opportunity to experience God and respond to His love resulting in a deeper, more personal relationship with Him.

Tracey-Ann Van Brenk