Institute of Saint Gabriel the Archangel  

The Spiritual Exercises for the Pauline Secular Institutes

Institute of Our Lady of the Annunciation

&

Institute of Saint Gabriel the ArchAngel

Given 7-10-17 thru 7-14-17

These Retreat Lectures were videoed and put on YOUTUBE

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Annunciationists Retreat 2017 Day 1 Talk 1

Annunciationists Retreat 2017 Day 1 Talk 2

Annunciationists Retreat 2017 Day 2 Talk 1

Annunciationists Retreat 2017 Day 2 Talk 2

Annunciationists Retreat 2017 Day 3 Talk 1

Annunciationists Retreat 2017 Day 3 Talk 2

Annunciationists Retreat 2017 Thursday Talk 1

Annunciationists Retreat 2017 Day 4 Talk 2

Annunciationists Retreat 2017 Friday Talk 1(Final)


It is our hope these Nine Lectures will help you reflect upon your Spiritual Journey.  

We hope you enjoy them.


Weekly Reflection


Since the Kingdom of Heaven has already come, because with Christ final salvation is operative in the world, therefore- and here is the conclusion that concerns us - it is possible for some people, called by God, to choose even now to live as people do in the final condition of the Kingdom.  And how does one live in the final condition of the Kingdom?  Jesus Himself tells us in Luke's Gospel: "The children of this world marry and are given in marriage, but those who are counted worthy of that age and resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, because they are no longer able to die - they're angel-like and are children of God, since they've attained the resurrection." (Lk 20:34-36; cf. also Mt 22:30).

It is precisely in this that the prophetic dimension of virginity and celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom resides.    By the simple fact that it exists, without the need for words, this form of life shows what the final condition of men and women will be: one that is destined to last for ever.  It is a prophetic existence. there has been much discussion in the past about whether virginity is a more perfect state than marriage, and if so in what sense.  I believe that it is not ontologically(that is, in itself) a more perfect state, but it is an eschatologically more advanced state, in the sense that it is more like the definitive state towards which we are all journeying.  "You have begun to be what we shall be," wrote St. Cyprian to the first Christian virgins.

                                                                              From his book "Virginity" by Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap