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When soliciting feedback from colleagues concerning what to include and what not to include on this website before its launch, one diocesan director suggested that she would appreciate my rationale for why this retreat is worth it and what impact it has on young adults.  Just when I was about to start writing this up, I received my daily email reflection from the Center for Action and Contemplation, and it felt like divine intervention.  Here the rationale was already articulated well.  So instead of plagiarizing, I'll just let you read it:

"Until we see these patterns (which is early-stage contemplation), we will never be able to see what we do not see."  The six areas of contemplation that we cover on this retreat all help serve to reveal these patterns.  The kind of wisdom that comes from "seeing clearly" is surely the work of the Spirit and worth pursuing.  We believe that if we can aid college students and young adults by offering an unforgettable experience that plants the seeds of contemplation within them and thus propels them out into the world to make a difference, it would be our small part in the Church's work to build the kingdom of God.  As Rohr says, "Transformed people, transform people!"

"In the desert, you can remember your name."

- America 

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