TLIG magazine issue 41

I N T E R N A T I O N A L M A G A Z I N E I S S U E - 4 1 65 The True Life in God readers and prayer group mem- bers from Athens and other parts of Greece had really been longing for this meeting of reflection. We all needed this retreat from the world, despite the fact that we would be staying at a modest hotel, with few amenities. Nonetheless, we had with us the King and Queen of Heaven, along with Saint. Ephraim, whose Feast Day it was, as our hosts. On May 4, we arrived at the seaside hotel Nireus, in Nea Makri. The view of a beautiful garden welcomed us and the sea view promised peace to our souls. People continued to arrive until there were about 110 of us. In the meantime, the event preparations con- tinued in the conference hall, making it all the more beautiful. Father John Abberton was sitting in the garden in silent prayer. There was no better way to start the weekend than with Holy Mass in the now ready hall, which came to life with our presence, and with Father Abberton preparing for the Divine Lit- True Life in God Retreat in Nea Makri (Athens) Greece May 4-7, 2018 urgy, with Ewa helping him. In the afternoon of the first day we had coffee with friends from abroad and others that we had not seen for a long time. Included were newcomers to the messages whom we gladly welcomed. The following day, Vassula welcomed us and asked us to chant in Aramaic the Our Father Prayer and the Hymn to the Virgin Mary by Saint Nectarios. Vas- sula read Our Lady’s words from her May 15, 1990 TLIG message, which prepares us to meet the Lord by taking care of our spiritual growth: “pray so that everybody will be ready, pray My little children, fer- vently, for those souls who refuse to hear and refuse to see, pray to your Father who is in Heaven in this way: Father allMerciful, let those who hear and hear again yet never understand, hear Your Voice this time and understand that it is You, the Holy of Ho- lies; … ask the Father to forgive the stubborn souls who refuse to hear and see; the Father is all Merci-