My kids are home for the summer and our days are currently full of summerish delights. I nearly forgot that I promised you some pictures of the silent retreat I took at a local Jesuit center last month. Such a peaceful, refreshing experience for my spirit! On the day of the retreat I was recovering from a minor foot injury; I wasn't able to hike down to the river like I did in the autumn. I did make an attempt, but nearly wiped out on the narrow stone path downhill. So instead, I propped my feet on my folding chair and cuddled under my blanket with a good book. After a couple hours I hobbled back to the pavilion and ate some homemade peanut butter cookies -- the first since my son was diagnosed with a peanut allergy over two years ago! It was hard to eat those cookies silently without groaning with pleasure. I spent the second half of the event in a swing with my journal. The spring blossoms were lovely. I felt grateful for the allergy pill that made the whole event possible.
|Baby food jar candle holder -- a gift from my daughter. Perfectly portable.|
Hope you can find some silent moments of refreshment today!
Peace & Joy,
P.S. Here are the links to my "Silent Retreat Series" from last October:
Part One: Learning the Ropes and Getting Settled
Part Two: How to Use a Labyrinth as a Prayer Tool
Part Three: Pictures for You