I leave this afternoon for a hermitage, where I will be on retreat until the end of the week.
This is not a great time to go away (to put it mildly). I just started a new position at the University and I have an enormous amount of work to do. Why not try to reschedule?
The thing is there is NEVER a good time to go on retreat. If not this week’s busyness, then it will be something else. There always is.
And that is the reason that a number of years ago I started scheduling my annual retreat six months (at least) in advance, and determined that when the time came I would go, no matter what was going on at work. Because that is the only way to ensure that I can get some retreat time. My rationale is simple and can be summed up this way:
First, the world spun on its axis for many many centuries before I came along, and so I am pretty confident it can manage to limp along for a week without me.
Second, I am no good to myself or anyone else if I don’t have some extended time hanging out with my God. Yes, I do my daily prayer, and yes, I go to Mass at least once each week, and do all sorts of other things in the course of my day to day existence. But nothing restores, refreshes, re-energizes like accepting the invitation to “Come away and rest awhile.”
So, off I go. Please keep me in your prayers, and know you will all be in mine.