I actually found a convent, called up, and said I wanted to go on a retreat. A sweet nun who had a genuine heart of hospitality asked me if I wanted a private retreat or a private directed retreat. I had no idea what she was talking about, but I wanted to sound like I did, so I said I would like to come for a private directed retreat. We decided on the time, number of days, and she gave me the cost per day for private retreatants. When the time came to actually go, I was very nervous because I had no idea what to expect. Still, I found that the retreat fed my soul in a way I could never have imagined.
I experienced silence and solitude for three days. I experienced eating with others without conversation. I experienced sharing my spiritual concerns and worries with the nun that had been assigned to me. In her gentle presence I found a deep sense of God’s peace. I experienced time alone with God – intentional, focused time, without distraction and noise. I experienced beautiful simple worship. In short, I was steeped in God for 3 days. And, I would, ever after look forward to a retreat with the same delight others look forward to a vacation! In my next post, I’ll tell you about some of the various types of retreats that have fed my soul. So, stay tuned!