my silent retreat

(Part II of IV)

My lady-friend, Sue, and I were busy with activity throughout the entire silent retreat. Mornings started at 7:15 and we retired at 9:30. With the group, we could speak only to ask a question. But, Sue and I talked quietly in our room after we retired for the night.

Every day we had Holy Mass, spiritual readings, prayers, meditation, examination of conscience, Holy Rosary, sitting in the presence of God and an end-of-day blessing. Each of us also made an appointment with the priest for confession.

Our Spanish priest was wonderful. He was tall, dark, and slender. He was a great educator. He explained each of our meditations on the five Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, giving examples of each and explaining how it relates to us in today’s world.

Whenever I found myself sitting in the oratory, I looked around. To my left I saw a picture of Saint Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei. He seemed to be looking down at me with penetrating eyes. I felt like he was watching me.

It was kind of nice to think that a saint is looking over me.

Lynan (Jan.’11) adds, “I got in touch with my spiritual self and I felt humble.”

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