by Fr. Timothy Armbruster, C.PP.S.

Waking up to a dusting of snow on the ground in Chicago is no big deal, except when it is the end of March. We gathered in Chicago at Drexel House for our Lenten Discernment weekend on March 29-31. Fr. Steve Dos Santos and I, along with the men in the house, welcomed three inquirers for the weekend. Joining us were Elliot Rich from Chicago, Newton Lih from San Fransisco, and Connor Zink from Cincinnati. It was a wonderful weekend of sharing and reflecting upon our Precious Blood Spirituality. Frs. Lac Pham and Dennis Chriszt, as well as our students Matt Perez and Greg Evers joined us for the talks and sharing. Our talks on Saturday focused upon different aspects of healing. Fr. Lac’s talk focused upon our human woundedness and need for healing, Fr. Steve’s talk focused upon Jesus’ desire to heal us and wash us in His Precious Blood, and Fr. Dennis’ talk focused upon the call to share the love of Jesus with others.

Throughout the weekend we experienced the hospitality of the formation house with time for sharing, prayer, and meals. We concluded our time together with Mass at St. John the Baptist Church, in Whiting, IN. After the weekend, Newton was able to travel with me to Kansas City and got a chance to meet the staff and members at Precious Blood Center.

We continue to pray for those who are in discernment that through our prayers and conversations they may come to know God’s call in their lives.