Today’s Spark Talk for the Catching Fire retreat comes from Marguerite Venier. She shares the impact that Scripture has had on her relationship with the Lord.


  • Pray with the following passage: “I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were either cold or hot.  So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” – Revelation 3:15-16
    • Ask yourself: Am I lukewarm or am I on Fire? What would it look like to be on fire? What small things can I implement in my life to help me “Catch Fire?”
    • Consider that the Heart of Jesus is on fire with love for you – and that drawing near to a source of fire is what is necessary to catch fire ourselves! Draw close to Christ and you will catch fire.
  • Pray with this passage: “I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them. That one is like a person building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built.” – Luke 6:47-48
    • Within this passage we are encouraged to: 1.Come 2. Listen 3. Act
      • God will ask something of us (Be not afraid!) He will guide us on the journey – he knows that we are little and that we will need His strength! God will give us the courage that we need if we choose to take the next step forward.
  • Try to take advantage of the present moment and to take today’s step and to utilize today’s grace to be the light that leads you forward.
  • Consider these beautiful words from St. John Paul II and how they apply to your own life and your own quest for happiness: “It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”


  1. It was beautiful,
    I love this retreat Father , it is making me stronger and better everyday… I so need this , thank You 😌😌


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