Abundant Blessings

My eight-day retreat ends this morning with Mass and a closing breakfast, after which I will drive back to the Twin Cities.

We broke our silence last evening with a session of Spiritual Sharing. All of the directors and the retreatants met together to share some of the fruits of the retreat experience.

One of the things that came up in the course of my own retreat was the the abundance of God’s love and blessing. It came up in so many ways, as I prayed with the miracle of the loaves and fishes, the wedding feast at Cana, and in my walks around the retreat center grounds.

Not surprisingly, the abundance of God’s blessings was revealed powerfully last night. It was beautiful to hear how God had been working with others during these days.

This time has been truly blessed and I am enormously grateful to God, to my director, to the retreat house staff, and to Dave and Elena who take care of things on the home front while I am gone.

My hope in continuing to write a post each day while I’m on retreat is that it might encourage some of you who do not make an annual retreat part of your practice…and maybe have never even been on a retreat…to consider doing so. Eight-days away is a luxury many cannot afford, I recognize, but if so, consider a weekend retreat in your area. You won’t be sorry.