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My Silent Retreat

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

My Silent Retreat was based on St. Ignatius' plan, led by two wonderful Cenacle Sisters.
We began with a social hour and dinner, during which time we got to know some of our fellow retreatants. After dinner we adjourned to the Chapel for our first talk. All of the talks would be focusing on various parables from the new testament. At this time we began the silent part. The Sisters talked, we listened, grabbed a little guide and went to meditate, read or nap. We also had time available to sit and talk with a Spiritual Director, or go to Confession.
On Saturday morning, Sister Susan said she ordered sunshine (40% rain had been in the forecast) so that we could walk along the Chattahoochie River during our time for meditation/pondering. The rain was delayed until late Saturday night and all day Sunday, but I got my 30+ minute walk. (Still don't have a pedometer so... no clue as how far I walked) Oh and I did the stairs everytime I wanted a cup of coffee, a refill of filtered water or a healthy snack-and one not so healthy-to be honest.
Here are some of my pictures of my walk.

I took the picture from outside, but while Sister Barbara was speaking I noticed a squirrel ripping leaves off the end of the branches. Then I noticed it was building a nest. I didn't even know that squirrels nested!

We've found the river...

Let's walk along side of it.

Oh, look at the beautiful flowers. I'll look for some more.

Do you see a hint of some falls... very small, I wonder what it looked like on Sunday with the downpour we had.
Now for the Grotto...

Let's see if we can glimpse the falls, and some more flowers...

A lovely Violet.

Aren't these little white flowers pretty?

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