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2-Night Semi-Silent Retreat: Healing Our Shame – We Can Grow From Everything

August 6, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - August 8, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

Healing Our Shame

Directed by Fr. Matt Linn, SJ


Both the Beatitudes and the Spiritual Exercises proclaim we can grow from everything – even sickness, poverty and humiliations.  This is because we are wounded not by the harmful action but by our shame reaction (when suffering, I am unlovable).    The beatitudes give the processes for the healing of our shame so that we become “happy and blessed” even when poor, mourning, insulted, persecuted, and suffering injustice.   We will explore what Jesus meant in the beatitudes, how he lived these and now empowers us to grow from everything that we have faced, are facing or will face.   Where we may struggle to live a beatitude, we will begin to heal shame’s underlying hurts so “in everything God works for good with those who love him” (Rm 8:28)


This is a semi-silent retreat. There will be periods of silence, but also periods of discussion and dialogue.  Guests are expected to maintain a sacred silence throughout the retreat, including at meals, unless otherwise noted.


Fr. Matthew Linn, SJ has focused on integrating physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.  He is a member of the Association of Christian Therapists with advanced graduate degrees in sociology, anthropology, spirituality, and theology.  Since 1970 he has given courses and retreats in over 60 countries from Alaska to Australia.  Ordained in 1973 he currently lives in a Jesuit community in Minneapolis where he trains spiritual directors at Sacred Ground and serves on the editorial board of Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction.




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August 6, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
August 8, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
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Ignatius House
6700 Riverside Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30328 United States
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