I went on my first silent retreat 11 years ago when I was in the initial stages of formation with my religious community. To be honest, on that first week of silence I did not quite know what to do with myself, which of course is why it was good that it was a silent directed retreat, meaning I met each day with a spiritual director. It ended up being an amazing time of quiet reflection, long walks, and prayer with our loving Creator God.
Now of course when the time for my annual retreat rolls around, I know what to expect. Except that I really don’t, because each retreat has held its own challenges and wonderful surprises.
In our CSJP Constitutions we say:
We nurture our life of prayer
by reflective reading, particularly Scripture,
by periods of solitude and silence,
and by an annual retreat. (Constitution 30).
Retreat is a special time to reconnect with my loving God. No email or Facebook. No meetings or to-do lists. It is simply a time to pray and reflect on God’s daily invitation to seek justice, love tenderly, and walk in the way of peace.
This morning I make my way to Oregon where I will spend the next week on retreat at the Trappist Abbey. The last time I was there was just before I professed my first vows as a Sister of St. Joseph of Peace. So much has happened since then!
I’ll be holding my bloggy connections and friends and their special intentions in my prayer this week.
Blessings of Peace