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Retreatants can spend time in reflection at the center's labyrinth.
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Obsession with media keeps our true selves from God

In the post-election frenzy, even the news media is lamenting the barrage of never-ending information.

Our obsession with learning about the latest disaster leaves us emotionally and spiritually empty. At Mercy Center in Burlingame, guests are invited to turn off their devices, retreat from texting and Facebook, and enter into quiet. Here at the retreat center, everyone is equal. The politics of right and left vanish.

Time spent in reflection on the center's labyrinth, in the gathering rooms and in the chapel offers us the sanity and sacredness of the present moment. We allow ourselves to reach out to God, to center ourselves in faith.

Our obsession with media helps us keep our distance from our true selves and from God. As author and contemplative Father Martin Laird says, "This illusion of separation is generated by the mind and is sustained by the riveting of our attention to the interior soap opera, the constant chatter of the cocktail party going on in our heads."

Mercy Center invites you to disconnect. Renew your journey away from the chatter and into silence through such retreats as the Ignatian Retreat June 11-17 and Colette Lafia's day-long retreat Awakening the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit During Times of Transition on May 12. Other retreats this spring offer a variety of ways to explore the gifts God has for us.

Mercy Center, with its long history of preparing spiritual directors for their ministry, is a resource for those seeking a deeper spiritual life. Our website has information on our ongoing programs and helping you to find your own spiritual director. Visit us at mercy-center.org.

 
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