On Saturday, Sep 19, Doug Hinderer delivered the first talk of the Parenting with Purpose Lecture Series on "Solving Conflict in Marriage" attended by over 300 people. If you did not happened to attend and you may have experienced differences in your marriage, you are highly encouraged to watch this recording. In his talk Doug talked about how conflict in marriage can not be eliminated - it must be managed. He then spoke about the connection between emotions and behaviors; the needs and fears of wives and husbands; the "four horsemen of the apocalypse" as described by John Gottman and how to resolve conflict gently. A very insightful and practical talk geared to couples of all ages.
The first volume of Saint Josemaria's letters (Cartas 1) has just been published as part of the Complete Works of St. Josemaria (Rialp). It contains his four earliest letters. They are helpful to deepen one's knowledge of the spirit of Opus Dei. If you read Spanish, you are encouraged to read it and use it for your prayer. The English translation is being prepared, even though it is not known when it will be available.
On September 17, Fr. Pete Arriagada traveled to Oklahoma City invited by the local bishop to visit, to preach a first recollection in that city and meet men interested in the spirituality of Opus Dei. About 25 men attended the event.
Due to the current pandemic, the number of people Featherock will be able to accommodate for retreats this year is going to be significantly lower than in previous years. In order to palliate such decreased opportunities to make a retreat in 2020, commuter retreats are being planned. They will be two-and-a-half day retreats at a convenient location during the day with the participants returning home in the evening. As usual, the meditations will be held at a chapel, and will preached live by a priest, if there are enough attendees, or pre-recorded meditations might be played. The current idea is to hold such retreats in different cities. In Houston a natural place for such commuter retreats would be the Holy Cross Chapel in downtown Houston. In other cities, the Opus Dei centers may be used. Suggestions for alternative locations are welcome.