A quick post from Immaculate Conception Seminary in Newark, New Jersey, where I have come to lead one of my Spiritual Hero retreats.
In these retreats I show how the hero’s quest in great stories provides a map for the spiritual journey. I mostly draw on The Lord of the Rings and illustrate my points with clips from Peter Jackson’s film, but with various audiences I use a whole range of other films too–The Matrix, Jerry Maquire, The Color Purple, Gandhi, Erin Brockovich…
Retreatants study the ten stage map of the hero’s quest and use it to discern their own next step forward. The film clips help them to visualize and connect with the emotions of the spiritual journey. They also use the map to understand the spiritual journeys of the saints and Biblical heroes of faith.
Young people enjoy these retreats, but people from all ages have enjoyed them. Many people appreciate it because it is orthdox, but it is also totally fresh. It’s fun, it’s creative and it’s immensely powerful.