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 to fully engage in the retreat. Imagine.
We are so stressed out that we spend half our retreat time just calming down enough to hear what God wants to say to us. The funny thing is, I know a lot of people who think they are too busy to go on retreat 🙂
So far, my retreat has been good. Right before I left, my pastor (and good friend of fifteen years) announced that he was leaving our parish to become the Rector of the Basilica in downtown Baltimore. This major change has given me a lot to think/pray about while I’m away.
Having a new employee starting tomorrow is high on my list too. And this blog. And then there’s…. Maybe the fifth day will be the charm for me this year.
Please know that I’m praying for you while I’m away. One of the best ways to become less distracted with your own life is to focus on the needs of others. There are many, many needs. Let’s lift one another up during these days, and become a blessing to each other.