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Facing Provocations, Thoughts, and Temptations: Taking Jesus as our Guide

Retreat at the Monastery of St John March 16, 17, and 18, 2018

Retreat leader: Monk Cosmas (Shartz)

"Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him. And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, “Prophesy! Who is the one who struck You?” And many other things they blasphemously spoke against Him." (Luke 22:63 – 65)

Jesus faced a lot more temptations and provocations than the three that come readily to mind, when Satan tempted Him in the desert. The Gospels describe many more such situations, although they aren’t always clearly labeled as such. Clearly in the passage here, He is being provoked to give way to fear, anger, and shame — and perhaps other passions.

During Lenten times, we face temptations and provocations, too. As we know, they come at us even more forcefully during periods of additional fasting, prayer, and asceticism. Let’s face it, not only do evil spirits have more incentive to attack us at such times, but we ourselves are more vulnerable when we fast, because we are tired and cranky, and therefore more vulnerable!

In this retreat we will look at passages in the Gospel texts which recount provocations and temptations that came Christ’s way, seeing what passions those situations would tend to provoke, and see how He confronted His challenges, so that He can be our guide in facing the temptations and provocations we ourselves will meet in our own Lenten journey. We will look at a combination of narrative accounts of situations from the Gospels and Christ’s own teachings in His sermons and parables.

Registration information, as well as an informational flyer, will be posted to this website closer to the retreat dates.


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