"If you make my Word your home, you will know the truth and the truth will make you free."
What does it mean to feel at home? Are you at home with God in your life every day? Experience the spiritual comfort of being at home with Christ through this special retreat with Sister Ann Willits, O.P.
A retreat offers us an opportunity to talk both to and about God. And if we are listening, God talks back to us. A retreat is both freeing and intentional, an event which discloses relationships with God, with one another and with oneself. This retreat will be shaped by the insight Jesus offers us in one of the translations of the Gospel text from John 8:31 regarding home, truth and the Word.
The retreat begins with a reflection guided by Sr. Willits and these questions:
- What do you mean by home?
- What makes you laugh?
- What makes you weep?
Perhaps at the end of the retreat after we have found ourselves remembering, understanding and longing to be home again, we will discover, because of God's unconditional love, we are almost home.
Sr. Willits will help you understand and more deeply appreciate the insights of grief, loneliness, gratitude, tenderness and potential, among many more. This experience will leave you feeling more in tune with your place in the world, your relationships and yourself. You can use this program to experience Dominican guidance and love anytime, anywhere.
Your Free Electronic Study Guide! When you order this course, we will send you a free electronic study guide that you can access in 3 convenient ways:
1) You can check your order confirmation email. It will include a link that enables you to download your guide.
2) The back of your program package also contains a copy of this link. You can access your guide by simply entering this URL into your browser.
3) Your case of CDs or DVDs will contain a copy of your electronic guide on CD. Simply insert this disc into your computer's CD/DVD drive to access your guide.
About Your Presenter
Sister Ann Willits is a renowned retreat leader who has led countless pilgrimages to the Lands of Dominic and organized collaborative research projects. She has provided retreats, parish missions, and conferences throughout the world while encouraging continuing collaboration with the Dominican Family. Willits made her profession as a Dominican Sister from Sinsinawa, Wisconsin in 1958. She received her B.A. from Rosary College, her M.A. from St. Thomas University and did postgraduate studies at Marquette University. In the early seventies, Sister Ann was elected to serve for two terms on the General Council of her Congregation. Following this ministry she was appointed as Director of PARABLE, a national Conference for Dominican Life and Mission, which was sponsored by all of the branches of the Order of Preachers in the United States. It was during these years that Sister Willits began organizing pilgrimages to the Lands of Dominic.
Praise for Ann Willits
“Sister Ann Willits is a widely recognized preacher. She has preached retreats both nationally and internationally… recommend her spiritual wisdom to anyone.”
– Donald Goergen O.P.
“Ann is inimitable, one of a kind… Whatever the medium, she is able to move her audience to tears and laughter, awe and acceptance and insight and action, most times, all at the same time. Ann’s lectures are a must.”
– Sr. Margaret Ormond, O.P., Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Peace
“Sister Ann Willits has a rare combination of wit and depth. She makes us laugh as she takes us through the deepest and most human experiences.”
– Timothy Radcliffe, O.P.
“Sr. Ann Willits, OP, is one of the finest speakers that I have had the opportunity of hearing in the last few years. Her knowledge of her subject as well as her ease of presentation, engagement of the participants, her ability to challenge and her fine sense of humor make for a wonderful experience of a truly superb preacher.”
– Mary Sue Kennedy, O.P., Executive Director of the Dominican Sisters Conference
- A Metaphor to Lean On
- Welcome Home
- What’s In a Name?
- Thank You for Seeing Me
- Let the Children Come to Me
- Glory Be
- Tender Language
- I Have My Mother’s Hands
- Almost Home