We began the get-together on Sunday evening with some games to get to know each other and to get into the spirit of the retreat. Then we explained the theme of the retreat: Life.
After dinner we had a movie night, watching the movie Bella with the Mexican actor Eduardo Verástegui. When the film was over, the girls reflected upon what they had learned.
To end the day, we spent a moment in the chapel to thank God for the gift of life and to sing the Salve to our Blessed Mother.
The next day we continued to go deeper into our theme with a group meeting. The girls took notes of ideas to make good use of their life, and to take advantage of the time that God gives to us. The meeting was concluded by reflecting on the Anthem to Life by Mother Teresa of Calcutta. After working their brains by thinking, reflecting, and learning, the girls took a break for some games.
After lunch, we had the surprise visit of a very dear friend, Sara Ricchini, who came to tell the girls a little about her conversion and her life of faith. Sara also put her artistic gifts at the service of others by singing Ho Trovate Te (“I have found you”), the song that she composed for our Blessed Mother at the time of her conversion.
In the afternoon, we had time to enter into dialogue with the Lord. We went to the parish of Pieve for a moment of adoration with Jesus, where all the children and young people of the parish were also doing their time of prayer. The girls made bracelets out of macramé with crosses and St. Benedict medals to take home as a souvenir and to wear as a sign of being Christian. To eat, the girls tried their hand in the kitchen, making a "crespelle", a typical Italian dish for lunch, as well as a delicious chocolate roll for dessert.
After eating, the girls shared their experiences of the retreat, telling what they had liked and learned.