Jesus said to them, ‘Come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’. Mark 6:31
The apostles were called to stay with Jesus (Mark 3:14), as was the apostolic community of Missionaries. They had the mission to help others to “be” in order to “do.” Organizing retreats were privileged moments to do this:
At least once a year, a spiritual retreat will be given, which will serve as a preparation for some of the principal feasts.
When circumstances permit, many private retreats will be given in the interior of our houses for clerics or laity who come to us with the intention of devoting greater consideration to the important work of their salvation.
1818 Rule, Part One, Chapter 3, § 7. Public exercises in the church
Today this continues in many parts of the Oblate world, as many are involved in the ministry of the animation of retreats and also in having communities who run houses for retreats. This ministry of helping others to “be” in order to “do” is one of our oldest ways of sharing the treasure we receive daily as religious missionaries:
In the prolonged silent prayer we make each day, we let ourselves be moulded by the Lord and find in him the inspiration of our conduct. Following our tradition, we devote an hour each day to mental prayer, part of which is spent together in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. CC&RR, Constitution 33
Heaven means to be one with God. Confucius