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Lenten Retreat ‘Renews Spiritual Lives’ of Thomas More College Students

Thomas More College chapelStudents at The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, N.H., reflected on how to “conform one’s life to Christ” during a recent Lenten retreat, according to the College’s website.

The weekend retreat, which “offered a sustained moment of peace and detachment from the often hectic schedule of classes and assignments,” was directed by Fr. Paul Check, the Executive Director of Courage International.  The College reports:

The retreat’s theme was “Life in Christ,” drawn from Saint Paul’s declaration in the Letter to the Galatians that “it is not I who live, but Christ who lives in me. ”Including Holy Mass, Confession, individual spiritual direction, and five conferences, the focus of Father Check’s weekend mission was to, as he put it, “re-trace the way of Our Lord’s being in our own lives and actions as found in the Beatitudes.”

The five conferences offered between Friday evening and Sunday morning examined how it is possible to conform one’s life to Christ by dwelling on his virtues, such as the humility and fortitude he displayed in choosing to undergo his Passion.

“It is a maxim of the Angelic Doctor that grace perfects nature,” said Father Check. “Grace raises us up to share in the Divine life, yes, but it also allows us to live fully human lives at the same time. We become human by patterning our lives after the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord.”

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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