Renewed in Mind and Spirit
Come and receive a fresh outpouring of God’s love and grace upon your heart, mind and ministry with brothers who have set their life apart for Christ and the Church. Go forth refreshed and strengthened to build the kingdom.
2015 Retreat Theme:
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” 3 John 1:4
If you have been called to serve the Lord as a priest, then you know that the first call on your life is to be a follower of Jesus – one whose life and witness points to the reality of Christ’s love. You are invited to be a part of four amazing days of prayer and fellowship as you grow as a disciple and are renewed in your vocation.
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Strengthening Disciples for Life in the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit gave the Apostles a deeper experience of Christ’s love, the strength to live as disciples, and the power to spread that love through witness and mission. He wants to do the same in our lives. This conference is for all Catholics who are interested in growing in their knowledge of the power and person of the Holy Spirit. Come experience a New Pentecost for the New Evangelization.
For more information, go here.
Over the past few months of travel I’ve gotten to talk to three different couples who have dealt with infertility. One couple just adopted a baby; the other two were praying about it. Infertility is a difficult cross for a couple to bear and I think many times we (as a society) are insensitive about it. It is very easy to ask a couple struggling with infertility the question, “Why don’t you adopt?” as if that was the simple and logical thing to do (regrettably, I think I’ve said something like that in the past).
My perspective on this radically changed a few years ago when we adopted our son, Joey. In our case, the question people asked was the opposite: since you have kids of “your own” already, why are you adopting?
Wondering why a couple struggling with infertility isn’t adopting a child or why a couple who has biological children is adopting reveals an underlying societal assumption that adoption is a consultation prize for people who can’t get pregnant.
But I’ve come to understand that adoption is a calling, regardless of being fertile or infertile.
I am grateful that Jennie and I were called to adopt Joey as he is such a blessing to us. And my prayers go out to all those who are discerning adoption (and I pray that more would be open to that call).
“In love (the Father) destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved” (Eph 1:5-6).
I’m excited to officially announce that my latest CD, “Mercifulove: Best of Bob Rice 2006-2015″ is now available! You can download songs on ITUNES or download/purchase physical copies of the CD on CDBABY.
Though mostly a collection of previously released music, there are three “firsts” that make this CD special (well, to me anyway).
The CD is the first time I’ve ever recorded a “rejected” Steubenville Youth Conference theme song. “Rooted” was the theme in 2011 (to see that year’s promotional video click HERE… and then click HERE to see how far it has come!) so I wrote and submitted a song that I thought was pretty good. But when it was rejected I shelved it. Probably my artist’s insecurity, but I figured if it wasn’t good enough for the conferences then other people wouldn’t like it.
But over the years the song has been stuck in my head. I wanted to record some new music for the CD so I thought I’d give it a shot. And I think it came out amazing!
The second “first” is that this album has the first recording of a talk of mine ever put on a CD. About two years ago I gave an impromptu talk about how much Christ paid for us on the cross (you can see the video of that talk HERE) and since then many folks have been blessed by it. I’m really excited to have it on this disc because speaking is such an important part of what I do. My prayer is that someone will buy the CD for the music and be really touched by the message at the end.
The third and final “first” is that this CD marks the first time that a pope has formally declared a holy year based on the theme of my title track. I wrote the song “Merciful Love” based on one of my favorite psalms, Psalm 100, and I was in the studio recording it when Pope Francis made his announcement about the upcoming “Year of Mercy”. Wasn’t that nice of him to do?
Since I’ve emphasized the “firsts” I should probably also mention an important “second”: this is the second time I’ve released a “Best Of” album, celebrating a second decade of music. I feel blessed and privileged to have been making music for twenty years—and I can only keep doing it because of amazing people like you who listen to the music, share it with friends, and keep supporting the ministry. Without you guys I’m just strumming my guitar in the basement. It’s an honor to write, record, and play music for you all. I hope you are as blessed by the music I write as I am by your love and support.
All glory be to Jesus Christ!
PS. As I handed out some early releases of the CD, some asked why songs like “Heart of Jesus” and “Let Nothing Trouble You” weren’t on it. I’ll give more detail on that later, but the short answer is that I’m excited to be working with a publisher who is going to release some of my liturgical/worship songs (including those) on a separate album.
Those of you who subscribe to the blog have noticed activity lately. Get ready for more! I’m trying to make the website more usable, especially in accessing the many videos I’ve written or helped produce. The music interface is way better. And I’ve even got an events calendar so you can see where I’m going next. Feel free to click around and tell me what you think about what’s currently there. And let me know what you’d like to see as well!
As a prize for doing that, you get a sneak peek at the new CD, which I’ll talk more about in an upcoming post.