In a few days I will be heading for my annual retreat. I usually choose to do silent, directed retreats. The chance to be completely quiet, except for the forty minutes each day with a spiritual director, helps me to go much deeper. It enables me to get more connected in that place deep within where God dwells.
Even though it’s not always an easy time, I always look forward to these “vacations with God” with excitement, knowing that God and I will have some extra focused time to nourish our relationship. By now I know that, even though I may be in the same retreat house, I will be surprised by God. God accepts me where I am, and at the same time offers me what is needed. Sometimes it’s comfort, sometimes it’s a chance to slow down, sometimes it’s a nudge, and sometimes it’s a push.
Even though it can sound like a retreat is just about “me and God” it’s always bigger than that. First, I always spend much more time in nature and so become more attuned to God’s grace in all creation and more aware of myself as one of God’s creatures in a much larger reality. Also, what happens in the retreat can remain with me throughout the year and can help to transform my relationships with others.
If you are discerning something in particular, a retreat can be a wonderful way to clear away all the extras for a time and focus on listing to the voice of God’s wisdom. Retreats have played an important role in my own journey to religious life. These special times also help me nurture that relationship with the One I fully gave my life to. I know God is looking forward to this quality time with me as well!
I pray you are able to have a “vacation with God” this summer!
HI! So glad you can relate to the idea of a vacation with God. LIke you, whenever I've been in an overseas mission expereince, I find I have very powerful expereinces of God - it's a way to come to know God in a new and deeper way. That's great you will be coming to Siena Heights. If you want, we could meet up and talk in person about this. Blessings as you get ready for your new journey here! Sr. Lorraine
Wow! Just Wow! Someone that speaks my heart. Vacation with God is something I'm always seeking to have. I've been on a journey with the Father for a long time, sometimes alone I feel without Him. My foreign mission adventures have always deepened my walk with God. Its been along time since I've been on a missions trip, which has been my vaca with God too. I would love to know more about what it is you all do interns of this vaca with the Father. I'm an upcoming new student to Siena Heights and am looking forward to this journey as well.
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