Over the next few weeks, The Mission of Saint Thorlak will be posting information on a series of retreats that will be made available especially tailored for teens and tweens, though useful for any individual or study group from tweens to adults. The over-arching theme is that which drives the Mission of Saint Thorlak: To understand, recognize, address and prevent spiritual starvation. The material within each retreat will be applicable for anyone, anywhere; and then, each retreat will also have a section specific to considering the material in terms of the perceptions and needs of people with autism spectrum disabilities. This format allows an inclusive environment and an opportunity to build bridges between ourselves and those with autism spectrum disabilities. We believe, by the end, that most participants will see that the particular needs of people with ASD aren't all that different from everyone's universal need to be recognized and appreciated for who God created us to be.
Tentative outline (... this might change, so check back often!)
Retreat #1: What is Spiritual Starvation?
Retreat #2: To love and be loved, To know and be known
Retreat #3: Resisting our experience of God
Retreat #4: How does God see me, and those around me?
Retreat #5: How do I live the way God sees me?
Retreat #6: How can I encourage others to live the way God sees them?
Retreat #7: ASD Inside Out... and, Outside In.
Retreat #8: How do I know who I am?
Retreat #9: Inverting The Works of Mercy
Retreat #10: Teach Me To Fall
Retreat #11: Friends in Low Places
Retreat #12: Autism: Consecrated
It is an ambitious plan for ambitious hearts. Please pray for our stamina and faithfulness to God's will as we begin this mission. Saint Thorlak, pray for us!