Retreat Day Four

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Prayer, Spirit

June 14, 2010 21:18

Well, my retreat is half-way over. It's hard to believe how fast time flies. Last year, my retreat director told me an interesting statistic. Steve said that a survey had been given to a large group of those who direct eight day Ignatian retreats. While there were lots of insights to be gleaned from the results, one jumped out. On average, it's taking people four to five days to unwind enough...

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Retreat in Silence

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer, Spirit

June 11, 2010 06:20

This afternoon, I'll be heading out for my annual silent retreat. The retreat center where I go generally has these Ignatian retreats in August, but this year, it was moved to the middle of June. As I noted in my post yesterday, I know that God always has a plan. I'm wondering if He knew how much I would need a retreat at the beginning of the summer, instead of at the end. Maybe it will be made...

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The Unfolding Mystery

Tags: Inspiration, Spirit

June 10, 2010 22:44

I had the chance to visit one of my good friends today. I wanted to talk with him a bit before I went on retreat, to seek some guidance about what I should focus on. We spent some time talking about several of the key things that have been going on with me over the last few months. Nothing bad, mostly good.As I finished up filling him in, he said the image he got was a kind of unfolding of a...

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Sacred Feasts

Tags: Blogging, Body, Inspiration, Mind, Spirit, Vegetarian

June 08, 2010 14:12

(Assisi, 2007)

In his cookbook, Sacred Feasts, Brother Victor-AntioneD'Avila-Latourrette (what a name for a monk)wrote that he hopedhisreaders woulddiscover anaffinity for the monastic (vegetarian) approach to cooking. Brother Victor (much better ;))wrote ,
this style of cooking is characterized by simplicity, tastefulness and resilientfrugality. It's also imbued withthe innumerable joys and ways...

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Tags: Spirit, Travel

June 07, 2010 18:23

In my area, the schools let out this week, and summer officially begins. I know the kids are really excited, just like we were when we were children.Actually, I'm pretty excited too. Summer is supposed to be about relaxation and rejuvenation. Just about now, I need both, and so do most of the folks I know. Maybe it's because we had such a fierce winter, but we were already dreaming of walks on...

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Corpus Christi

Tags: Catholic-church, Italy, Papacy, Travel

June 06, 2010 14:31

In the Catholic Church, today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, a day we commemorate Christ's desire to remain with us always in the Eucharist.This special feast began centuries ago in the Umbrian town of Orvieto. The story is somewhat lengthly, and I think I'll save it for another time. Today, I wanted to write about the town of Orvieto and it's great Cathedral, two of my favorite places to...

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Simple Dessert

Tags: Dessert, Travel

June 05, 2010 14:25

blog. She's the author of a bunch of books on Tuscany and Italian life, and when I check our her site, I get a taste of la dolce vita. When I checked today, I saw that she was cruising around the Mediterranean, giving onboard talks on Italian life to about 100 people. What a life! Not only does she spend half her year in a villa in Tuscany, she gets hired to give a few talks on a cruise,...

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