The Quotable


May you have:
A world of wishes at your command.
God and his angels close to hand.
Friends and family their love impart,
and Irish blessings in your heart!

~~Irish Blessing~~

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Return From "Narnia"

One never knows what really awaits when you venture out on retreat. Again, this week we had an ice storm. It was not nearly as bad as the one last week, but it was an ice storm none-the-less. As we entered the grounds of the monastery at St. Meinrad I was reminded of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It was all so surreal. Ice glistened on the branches of all the trees. Everything was white and pure. It was Holy!

And so it was for all of us as we began our "journey" at St. Meinrad Archabbey.

The icicles hung from the Celtic cross. The lawn was glazed as if with powdered sugar icing.
And then you enter the "kingdom."
All guests who arrive should be received as Christ,
for he himself will say,
I was a stranger and you took me in.
(The Gift of Saint Benedict by Verna a Holy Head SGS and Lynne Muir)

It was a time of peace and community. Women, gathering in the Abbey Church for vespers and morning prayer, sharing their love of God. The chanting of the monks and the beauty of the Word of God proclaimed in the midst of these men of God, and the Mass seeming to bring us to the Gates of Heaven. The retreat is not silent, but it is reflective. It was joyful, yet had its time for introspection. We laughed, cried, hugged and were affirmed. We were in the presence of God!

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Thanks be to God!

9 comments:

  1. Everything looks so beautiful! Sounds like it was a wonderful retreat, especially during this Lenten season.

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  2. What beautiful pictures..It does look a little 'Narnia-ish'.

    So, glad you enjoyed your Retreat and for many thanks for sharing some of it with us.

    Peace to you always:)

    Marie xoxoxo

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  3. Oh, Cathy! Beautiful, beautiful! And it seems it was as spiritually serene as the landscape for you! What a wonderful opportunity!

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  4. How beautiful. I think holy is a great word to describe it.

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  5. Many thanks to you all...It is hard to leave such holy ground. But I'm back home basking in the glow of His love. Know it won't last forever, but it sure feels good for the time being.

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  6. Looks like it was a very spiritual weekend from the looks of the setting surrounding you.
    God bless,

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  7. Just breathtaking. I'm so happy for you that you were able to attend this retreat weekend, for comaraderie, reflection, spiritual nourishment...for sure, it must have been difficult to leave.

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  8. Thoe are beautiful pictures :-)

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  9. The photos are lovely - especially the church and grounds.
    It sounds like the retreat was all it should be - and more.

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