Too many of us (myself included) go through life telling ourselves that we need to be good enough, that we need to ace every test, meet every deadline, rock every presentation and win every game. We all know that this is impossible, but we try anyway, and we kill ourselves doing it. That’s where Antioch comes in. Antioch is a weekend-long retreat to sit back and know that you do not have to be good enough, that you are loved just because you exist. It is that basic principle of human dignity: you are loved because you have been made in the image and likeness of the God who died for you. Don’t believe me? Then take this as my personal invitation to come find out.
Antioch is held off campus, so bring an air mattress, sleeping bag or something else comfy to sleep on with you when you come back from Spring Break. Questions about Antioch can be addressed to Sarah Koetz, Casey Flack or Debbie Gross at their school emails. Here’s a question: what happens on Antioch?
If you’re worried about not knowing what happens on Antioch, don’t be. It’s not really a big secret. There are talks and small group discussions, as well as Mass, adoration and reconciliation. It’s a good mix of growing closer to God and to other retreatants. At the end of the day, though, the retreat aims to build a community that lasts longer than the weekend. So bring us your tired, your poor, your I-don’t-want-to-adult-anymore self. It’s what we’re here for.