March 1998 v.p. Feast of Holy Innocents Report p.7
Cordaro, VP, Vol.22, No. 1, 1998, Feast of Holy Innocents Report
FEAST OF HOLY INNOCENTS REPORT
By Frank Cordaro
The 19th annual Feast of the Holy Innocents Retreat and Witness at StratCom Headquarters was a very special and spirit-filled effort.
About forty people attended the two day retreat. The participants came from five Midwestern states and Washington, D.C. Ages ranged from 11 to 82 years old. Twelve were first-time participants, the rest have attended before, many for a number of years.
For us regulars, the retreat has become a fixture in our Christmas holidays. It’s a chance to come together with like-minded believers in nonviolence and to prayerfully explore the serious side of St. Matthew’ Christmas story.
At the end of the retreat, everyone is given an opportunity to put their faith into action by joining the witness and line-crossing at StratCom Headquarters.
Perhaps the most unique feature of this year’s gathering was the number of families that attended the retreat. There were five families represented, with at least one parent and child attending.
Parents said they welcomed the chance to show their children a different side of the Christmas story, a more faithful and challenging side, devoid of the commercialization to which their families are subjected in the larger society.
Attending the retreat with their children was a wonderful way to add substance and spiritual depth to their family’s Christmas holiday.
By the time we gathered at the main gate leading into Offutt Air Force Base on Sunday afternoon, we were 60 strong. It was very cold and windy. After a brief prayer service and commissioning, 13 people crossed the white property line drawn across the entrance road into the base. All 13 were immediately apprehended by Air Force security guards. Detained for about an hour and a half, all were fingerprinted, photographed and given a “ban and bar” letter and then released.