"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!"
"The Light of the World Retreat afforded me numerous opportunities to reflect on God's love and the Holy Spirit working in my life. I came away with a desire to share this love with others."
"I was able to feel open to listen and share my faith with others in my parish, and deepen my relationship with the Holy Spirit."
"There certainly is not enough space here to respond, but it was more than I could have imagined it would be. I have noticed since the last night of the retreat that I miss not meeting regularly with my group. I feel so full of life and so blessed to be reminded God is with me always and loves me unconditionally. I enjoy calling him 'my Father' and speaking to him daily. All things I've been taught before but for some reason made a much bigger impact on me through the retreat. I feel like I've been given permission to talk to others about God and how good he makes me feel without feeling like I'm overstepping my boundaries. I'm forever grateful for having this opportunity through Light of the World to learn how to walk with the Lord as the center of my life."
"This retreat changed my entire life. If I would not have experienced this myself, I would not have believed the person telling me that such a change could happen in one weekend. I like to refer to this weekend as an intervention by the Holy Spirit. One of the greatest gifts that also occurred is that the exact same experience I had, so did my wife. So together we were on this new found journey filled with Christ's love for us. Our life today looks nothing like it has before the retreat. We still have all the same problems that life deals us, but today we view them entirely different, because we know God is leading us. So whether we can understand why or not, we know God has His reasons and that's good enough for us. Not everyone who attends the retreat will experience Christ in the same way we have. But everyone has the opportunity to choose Christ, and in that of itself will change your life. Because you made a personal commitment to replace yourself as the centerpiece of your life and put Christ on that throne. My prayer for everyone is let Christ completely lead you and attending the Light of the World retreat can help you get started."
"I was so blessed to have the Holy Spirit direct me to a LOTW retreat at Transfiguration parish in Wauconda, IL. Everything about the retreat was so amazing and spirit-filled from the welcoming organizers, the inspiring testimonies, the opportunity to adore Christ, to the awesome talks about the Good News of Jesus and making this message known. But the most transforming part for me was truly encountering Jesus on a personal basis in our sacramental renewals, culminating in the indescribable bilingual Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, uniting all of us to the Body of Christ. It truly was a remarkable weekend!"
"The retreat rejuvenated our faith. It gave us joy and peace to be with other people who want to grow in their spiritual journey."
"I will admit I started the weekend skeptical and with some walls up. I had such a wonderful experience and amazing transformation! I’m on fire and can’t wait to share it with others!"