Sunday, April 6, 2008

My Way Sunday
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I'm ba-a-a-a-a-a-ack
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You may have noticed there have been no entry posts here for a couple of days, as well as no comments on your posts from me. I have not been sick or lost or mad or had writer-block or any such thing.

I been gone on an annual retreat. It started Friday evening 7pm and ended 3pm this afternoon. Lots of good silent time for reflection and prayer...and lots of mind-stretching.The general theme of the retreat was "Friendship with God". The basic notion stressed was "Love" - love as a noun, as a verb, as God. From there on I needed to dig up some old stored away memory files [in my head, not my computer] from Logic 101 and Theology 521 and elsewhere, like previous conversations with the Lord. I was stretched, as were all in attendance.

This is an annual retreat I take with 40 - 50 other men every spring. We rent a retreat center about an hour from here; we recruit a retreat master; we talk about themes and directions and arrive at an agreed upon topic. We actually have our dates already booked there for the next 7 years I think. We've been using this facility for over 20 years already - we used to jump around between several facilities before that.

It was good...but I have a lot to chew on and pray through and talk about to my Father. I'll write on some of it in future posts.
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4 comments:

justin said...

These retreats were crucial to my time in college. They strengthened my relationships with brothers in Muncie, and they introduced me to Dave Porter who then maintained patient contact with me all through college, giving me many opportunities to stay connected to the community and invite my college peers into the experience as well. As for the content which you received this year, I am still chewing on the same content that we received up here in South Bend for the last two retreats here. It's so mind-blowingly simple, yet complex to accurately explain! Good luck summarizing... :) I surely couldn't summarize much about the first one, much less the second!

Adrienne said...

Glad you had a good retreat. It was time for you to get away. You have been working so much lately.

Fr. V said...

Welcome back!

(I wouldn't make it through a year without a retreat.)

BTW - We are on for the end of July.

Fr. V

Melody said...

Glad you had a good retreat; I'm looking forward to reading your reflections on it!