Thursday, January 30, 2014

Baseball team examines relationships with God, self and others on retreat

The baseball team and coaches spent Jan. 17-19 on retreat in Watters Hall. For three days, the athletes examined more deeply their relationship with their God, self and others.

The retreat was coordinated and facilitated by the Christian Brothers on campus, as well as Brother Armand Alcazar, a theologian from Lewis University, near Chicago.

The theme of the retreat revolved around relationships and was based on the two commandments from Matthew 22: 37–40,  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

The retreat included three presentations by Brother Armand, large- and small-group discussions, morning and evening prayer and reflections, journaling, meals in Watters Hall (and one at the Brothers’ residence), a film, a two-hour service project at the YMCA, a block of free time on Saturday afternoon, and an affirmation service.

These types of experiences set Saint Mary’s apart as the only Lasallian Catholic University in the State of Minnesota.