Do you need a retreat?

2015 Retreat

Copyright 2015 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp. All rights reserved.

Yesterday I attended a retreat for the teachers, DREs and other catechists of our Archdiocese. I have led many retreats over the last several years but until yesterday it had been almost 8 years since I had attended an official retreat. I was so excited to be the person sitting in the chair listening, talking with others, praying, and reflecting.
It was a different experience being on the other side of the room, not the one speaking and leading it. I listened to the leaders’ thoughts and connected her ideas to my own. I enjoyed the reflective time for prayer and walking around the campus and being in nature as well as a silent church. I experienced a peaceful feeling while praying without so many distractions.

It made me realize I should go on a retreat weekly. After thinking about it I came to the conclusion that I do go on a retreat weekly. I go to Mass every Sunday. I listen to the word of God, I listen to the priest connect the word to my everyday life. I am given time to pray with others, silence to pray alone, and the sacrament of the Eucharist to grow in my relationship with God as well as with my community. It is an hour away from the world that I take every single Sunday with my family. We all need that time away from all the distractions of the world to sit with God.

Try going on retreat (to your local church) this weekend and you may discover what I did!


Copyright 2015 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp
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Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp - mom of 4 teens/wife for 20+ years. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and the ability to recognize God. She is a retreat director at Sacred Heart Academy HS. She just earned her MA in Pastoral Ministry as well as a certification in spiritual direction.


  1. Our church has first Friday adoration from 9am until 2pm. I’ve been know to go for the whole time, but I try to go for a few hours at least. It is a great retreat time for me, a once a month time to sit quietly and listen – to get away from the busyness of life and truly focus on listening to God. It is the highlight of my month!

  2. I did that for the first time this past Sunday. It was pure gift. Because of back pain I took Aleve PM and it makes me super, super groggy all morning long (does help with sleep and pain though!). I was so groggy I didn’t think I’d last through the whole mass. When I’m groggy like that I actually get more in the mood for meditation because it’s so restful. So I did that through the whole mass, listening carefully to the words from the readings and turning them over in my mind. As I sang the hymns, I read the lyrics pondering their meaning. The best moment came when I received communion. I first took the bread and just let it sit in my mouth until I drank the wine; I like to take the two together. I then thought, “I don’t want to hurt my Lord by chewing him,” so I allowed the host to linger, letting it melt away ever so slowly. It felt like feasting on the most wonderful tasting meal of my life! And then I thought about that meal becoming a part of me. The thought of that experience lingered long after mass was over. I knew it was a favor from God and I thanked him after I left church.

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