This morning I fly back to Minneapolis, after being at St. Ignatius Retreat House in New York since July 15, first doing my own 8-day retreat and then directing another 8-day retreat. Over two weeks of living in the quiet of a retreat house, an atmosphere so conducive to prayer and contemplation. Come away and rest with me awhile invited Jesus, and it was an incredibly restorative time. I feel blessed by the gifts God so lovingly gave me during these past days.
But now it is time to return to home (with bills to be paid and laundry to be done) and work (we’re only a few weeks away from the beginning of the fall law school semester) and the challenge in these situations is always to bring the serenity of the retreat experience back home with us. St. Paul says, pray unceasingly, and what he means, I think, is for us to be in our contemplative stances in whatever situation we find ourselves. To operate out of that place of union with Christ whatever is put before us as we go about our day to day lives. So that is the grace I pray for as I leave here – the grace to have the love and the joy of this time with God with me and to let it pour out to all those I encounter as these days unfold.