"I grew up Catholic and attended 12 years of Catholic school, yet I found the roots of my faith were quite shallow and there was just something missing. Jesus / God / the Holy Spirit were mere acquaintances in my life to whom I occasionally prayed to before bed. The retreat opened my eyes to the possibility and importance of that relationship / my faith becoming the nucleus of my life instead of it being something I 'crammed in' around the business of my days / weeks."
"The Lord knew how He needed to work in my life this weekend. He touched areas in my heart that ignited a deep longing to know more about Him and how He might move in my life."
"Jesus gave me courage. To have more courage to be a strong follower of Jesus; to do my best to help my loved ones and neighbors. Not to be afraid to bring Jesus' light and Spirit to others with Truth! To always be humble and ask for the spiritual gifts and produce good fruit."
"[The Light of the World Retreat] taught me how to open my heart to let me forgive others that have hurt me, and to let me be forgiven in my heart through confession and penance."
"It brought me to a greater love of Jesus in the Eucharist, and a closer relationship with the members of my church family. Keep up the good work. This world needs Light of the World Evangelization."
"I truly felt the Holy Spirit come down upon me and help me understand the challenges I am facing each day. I truly understand that he is there with each of us each and every day."
"After losing my wife last Mother's Day, I went to the Light of the World Retreat in November at our parish. Because the love of my life for nearly 55 years had such a strong faith (100% Irish), my faith had grown over the years. However the Light of the World Retreat has taken me to a much higher spiritual level, along with the Dynamic Catholic organization, both which I contribute to. Both entities' goal is to evangelize the Catholic Church in America! Though there is no connection between the two, we use Rediscover Jesus by Matthew Kelly, the founder of Dynamic Catholic, in our weekly Light of the World group meetings. Both are so inspirational, it has led to our faith growing by leaps and bounds. Try it and you will be AMAZED!"
"The honest and open testimony from the presenters has encouraged me to become more uninhibited towards others, and less afraid of sharing myself with fellow parishioners. The retreat was powerful and faith based."
"This retreat completely changed the way I look at life. I discovered the true meaning and gifts the Holy Spirit gives, and that there's so much faith that goes beyond just going to Mass every Sunday. I feel as though I've gained 'spiritual armor'... So for any of you who are thinking about going on this retreat, GO. I promise you won't regret it."
"The LOTW Retreat opened my eyes and heart to the never-ending love and mercy Jesus has for me in a way I could not imagine. The pure joy and excitement I felt to be a Catholic was amazing. It brought me a newfound passion for life and for placing Jesus at the center of my existence. It has changed my life and I wish everyone can have the opportunity to experience it!"
"I feel a much greater sense of community with the parish after seeing so many of my fellow retreatants at Mass this morning."
"The Lord gave me a better understanding of my relationship with Him and how much He loves me."
"I first heard of this retreat on a Sunday Mass like three years ago, and thought that it could be a good thing to do, but not for me at that time. The following year I just ignored it. It was a call I just said no to. But this year again, I heard the call to go to the retreat and something in me couldn't say no. It was like an impulse that I couldn't stop. The experience of participating in LOTW was something very special to me. It came to me at a special time in my life when I was needing something significant to make me get out of my routine and restart that friendship with Jesus that was left on hold for quite sometime. I am very thankful that this experience is helping me to reignite my faith, and with the help of my new friends I will persevere in my prayers and love of Jesus and Mary."
"Well... the Lord (the Holy Ghost, I suppose) clued me in on how God's plan is dope stuff. And I gotta let the Spirit work me over, so as to put my gifts to work. For God. After all, He gave me them. So why not serve mankind with them? What better way to love God than to love my neighbor, right?"
"I saw the light, heard I am forgiven, and that I am loved, and I have to show this love to my family, to everyone, and that will make me happy and at peace."
"I was looking forward to spending time reconnecting with God and deepening my faith at the LOTW retreat, but I was not expecting the many additional blessings I received while I was there. I was surprised to find true peace and happiness through a realization of what it was that was holding me back. I was able to let go of all of my inner struggles and am now living my daily life without all of the anxiety I would normally feel in the face of the challenges of life. On top of all of this I developed friendships with people who are genuine and kind and understand the importance of unity in Christ to face the unrest and greed of the world around us."
"He led me in this amazing spiritual journey of understanding, forgiveness, acceptance and the knowledge that as His children, He will never abandon us. If one or two are gathered in His name, He will be in the midst of them."
"Brought me back to the church after 46 years."
"I know my Lord -- the Holy Trinity -- hears my prayers and will answer them, in His good time. I also know He gives me the grace to be patient, not to lose hope, and accept that He is God and I am not. The goodness of my parish was so uplifting as well as the LOTWEM members who were so sincere, seeming to speak to each individual person with love. Kudos to all! Thank you, Jesus, for all of you!"
"For some time now, I have been dealing with a difficult situation that would have made it impossible for me to commit to attending a day long retreat... let a lone an entire weekend and then some retreat. I registered anyway hoping and praying that circumstances would change. God provided as always, and the situation changed a mere week before the retreat, diminishing my obligations so I could attend. He clearly wanted me to attend Light of the World. The most remarkable outcome of the retreat for me was that I was able to let go of everything and experience the entire retreat with genuine peace of mind and joy. Thank you, Jesus! The issue I was dealing with was still present after the retreat and continues today, but I am still at peace and joyful feeling ever confident that the Holy Spirit continues to guide me on my path toward resolution of the problem. At a broader level, I am convinced that this retreat has reignited a flame in our parish family that is burning brightly, and will spread like wildfire as more parishioners participate in Light of the World and have a personal experience that will renew their relationship with Jesus through the sacraments. God is good... always!"