SPO Texas hit the ground running this semester with a challenging retreat called Two Kingdoms at War. Close to 50 students ventured into the quiet woods of Crossroads Retreat Center in Caldwell, TX, where they were empowered to enter the spiritual battle that’s been raging around them all their lives.
“As Christians, we have always been at war, but we don’t live that way,” said Br. Ken Apuzzo, General Superior of the Brotherhood of Hope. There’s a kingdom of light and a kingdom of darkness, and unless we plant our flag in one of the two camps, we’re in the crossfire.
Through listening to talks, discussing the content in small groups and praying with one another in Adoration on Saturday night, the students were propelled into a greater awareness of spiritual warfare, tactics used for or against them and strategies to fight back for their souls. Equipped with knowledge and grace, they shed baggage that held them back from more fully surrendering their lives to the Lord, and banded together as one community united in Christ.
At the end of the retreat, we opened the floor for our participants to give glory to God for the works he did in them over the weekend. Here are some of the things that were shared: