Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Yes!

Last year, having finished a year-long Ignatian 19th Annotation retreat, I was able to spend eight days in glorious silence at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Guelph,
Ontario.

This year my summer is packed with activity from beginning to end, and I had given up all hope of repeating my Guelph experience. But with the realization last week that my fall classes don't start until well after Labor Day, I discovered that I have a week to myself that I didn't know about. The Monday holiday is an unfortunate intrusion in this case, but starting on Tuesday I will be here for five days.

I plan to spend time every day until then looking forward to the silence and the prayer: long walks alternating with hours and hours and hours of immobility. A silent Ignatian retreat is total gift. I am basically ecstatic.

6 comments:

Lisa :-] said...

I think in another life you might have made a dandy Benedictine...

Presbyterian Gal said...

I have such admiration for you, being able to be on a silent retreat. I could no more be quiet for a day than climb a tree upside down in stilleto heels.

Kathryn J said...

Fall classes? I thought you were going to be done this spring.

Very glad to hear that you are headed back to Guelph.

Gannet Girl said...

LOL Kathryn it takes three years! And I'm going to Michigan not Ontario.

And PG, the anaolgy is apt! I started way back with: hey, I can't do 5 minutes.

RevDrKate said...

YES! Indeed, and I have to admit I am basically envious...sigh.

Stratoz said...

good for you. I am missing the exercises and have not gotten around to blogging about it. soon.