As the starting point of every calendar year, January is usually a month of high hopes, strong resolutions, and chances to begin again. On January 16-17, the Workers of the Vineyard hosted a one-night retreat at St. George Retreat Center in Riverside for MOMs group, providing ample opportunity for the mothers to address particular vices and make the changes necessary to grow closer to God in the upcoming year.
The retreat, called “Taming the Tongue” was based on the Letter of James, specifically regarding the power and sins of tongue. Talks regarding gossip, jealousy, cynicism, encouragement, love, and support were given by the Workers of the Vineyard, and Mar Bawai Soro, who was gracious enough to offer his wisdom to the group for a portion of the retreat.
One of the individuals participating on the retreat commented: “In between the talks there was a lot of down time which was nice, especially since we don’t really get that often as mothers.”
There were also occasions for grand silence, when no one at the retreat center was allowed to communicate with one another in any form, which apparently was a challenge for some of the more extroverted participants.
“It was really a challenge for me. It was good, and I think I definitely benefited from it spiritually, but it was also really hard. It made me see just how bad I was at controlling my tongue.”
On Sunday, the group made it back to Saint Peter’s Cathedral in time for the 4:30Mass, where confession was made available to provide every opportunity for those attending to make a clean start of the 2016 year.