Cathedral to host three-night retreat on prayer

Will be held March 19-21 in evenings; open to the public

“Carry words with you and return to the Lord” (Hosea 14:2).

By Rhonda Miska
Witness Correspondent

DUBUQUE — This Lent, St. Raphael Cathedral and St. Patrick Church in Dubuque will be offering a three-evening retreat on three distinct ways to “carry words” in prayer.

Reimagining the Word

On Sunday, March 19, Father Alan Dietzenbach, the associate pastor of St. Raphael Cathedral and St. Patrick’s, will present on “reimagining the Word.” Father Dietzenbach will invite participants into a prayer style developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola known as “imaginative prayer.”

Imaginative prayer is a way of placing oneself in the scene of a Scripture passage, especially from one of the four Gospels. Jesuit Father Jim Martin describes imaginative prayer as asking yourself, “What do I see? What do I hear? What do I feel, taste and smell?” in that scene. Martin says imaginative prayer is the primary way he prays, and that it leads to “a profound encounter with the living Christ.”

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