On a retreat, prisoner-retreatants are given the opportunity to place themselves in the presence of a loving God who sees them for who they are – not mistakes, but rather individuals in need of healing. Through the application of the principles of Ignatian spirituality, the prisoners are introduced to Ignatian meditation, contemplation, and discernment of spirits. They are able to find a spiritual space to address their sins, to encounter God’s infinite love, to meet Jesus Christ face-to-face, and to journey with Jesus in his passion, death, and resurrection.
Participants of JRJI retreats are given an opportunity to reach healing and forgiveness following this five-step method: 1. Testimony 2. Gospel 3. Meditation 4. Anointment 5. Writing & Sharing
By learning the tools of Ignatian meditation, prisoners are given the tools to embrace the love and healing power of Christ in a loveless and often hopeless place. By virtue of their cells and the restrictions of freedom placed on them, prisoners are ideally suited to become modern-day monastics who can dedicate their lives to prayer for their victims, their families, and the world. Through a method developed by a soldier-turned-mystic in Spain over 500 years ago, lives are changed and men and women are liberated from the vicious cycle of violence and suffering.
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