The Word Among Us

October 2008 Issue

One, Big, and Happy

How one "holy family" touched a roomful of retreat goers.

By: Fr. Robert A. McGuire, SJ

One, Big, and Happy: How one "holy family" touched a roomful of retreat goers. by Fr. Robert A. McGuire, SJ

This day could be a disaster! The thought crossed my mind more than once, one morning in late December, as I went about preparing for the visitors I would soon be welcoming. They were coming to attend a one-day retreat at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in upstate New York, where I am a resident priest.

Everything was set up for them at the shrine's visitor center. And I did have a plan for the day. We were going to follow our standard format:...

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