For most of his life as a Passionist, Fr Gerard Mahony has been principally engaged in the ministry of preaching missions and retreats. He has also devoted much time to studying and reflecting on the Passionist Charism – both in its spirituality and history. And so, Fr Gerard is more than qualified to offer and share his Retreat Ideas: A Resource for Passionists.
Fr Gerard offers us a rich resource, both as a personal retreat/reflection time, and as an aid in the preparation of retreats and days of recollection. His material is steeped in lived experience of 67 years of prayer as a Passionist religious and 62 years of preaching as a priest.
Each retreat topic follows a definite pattern and is based on Scripture and the works of both classical and modern spiritual writers. Above all, Fr Gerard has endeavoured to reflect on each topic from his standpoint as a Passionist, making use of the spiritual teachings and writings of the Founder, St Paul of the Cross and sharing the fruits of a lived Charism.