Welcome to this Lenten Mini Retreat of self-examination and discovery:
"The Journey Within: Seeing Ourselves in the Eyes of God by Following the Path of Jesus"

This retreat consists of an hour-long presentation of word and song. It is broken up into sections and features several short videos. You do not need to do the entire retreat in one sitting. In fact, I recommend that you do a portion each day over several days so that the lessons really sink in.

You will need three additional items in order to participate in this retreat:

Following the example of Jesus

I present this retreat to show that by following our Lord’s example we find that the journey of self-discovery is not a self-indulgent act but one of love, towards ourselves and our Creator. It is an act of humility where we come face to face with the ugly truths and weaknesses in our lives and give them over to God. It is a fruitful action, empowering us with the confidence and vision to carry out the wonderful life plan that God has given to us.

This presentation is drawn from chapter 6 my book, River of Grace. You will be led on a rich journey where you begin to see yourself as God’s beloved child, fearfully and wonderfully made with a glorious mission to fulfill.

Let's begin.

  1. Listen to Part One of this retreat--it is the longest segment, lasting approximately 34 minutes:

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a. Watch the video:


2. Listen to Part Two (3 minutes, 55 seconds):

[audio mp3="http://www.beasone.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/02-the-journey-within-up-to-if-i-were-brave.mp3"][/audio]

a. Watch the video:


3. Listen to Part Three (6 minutes, 35 seconds):

[audio mp3="http://www.beasone.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/03-the-journey-within-up-to-simple-gifts.mp3"][/audio]

a. Watch the video and sing along:


4. Listen to Part Four (1 minute, 50 seconds):

[audio mp3="http://www.beasone.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/04-the-journey-within-to-im-not-lost-i-am-exploring.mp3"][/audio]

a. Watch the video:


5. Listen to Part Five (1 minute, 41 seconds):

[audio mp3="http://www.beasone.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/05-the-journey-within-up-to-take-lord-receive.mp3"][/audio]

a. Watch the video and sing/pray along:


6. Listen to the last portion, Part Six (13 minutes, 1 second):

[audio mp3="http://www.beasone.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/06-the-journey-within-the-end.mp3"][/audio]

I hope you have enjoyed this mini retreat--perhaps it will lead to a lifelong habit of self-discovery. Remember always to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and follow every footstep of his path.


  • 00 cover smallThis retreat quotes extensively from Chapter 6 of River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times by Susan Bailey and published by Ave Maria Press. Flow Lesson handouts also come from this book. Copyright 2015 Susan W. Bailey
  • "Lead Me to the Wilderness" copyright 2016 Susan W. Bailey
  • "In His Eyes" sung by Mindy Jostyn; written by Mindy Jostyn and Jacob Brackman, available on the album In His Eyes. Song used by permission.

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