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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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LINDAKAY228 5/3/2013 8:12AM

    Beautiful place for some peace and solitude. I love being out in nature. I enjoy God's beauty and commune with Him in places like that (I don't mean that's the only places I commune but I love places like that). Thanks for sharing with us.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/3/2013 8:09AM

    Beautiful pictures - a perfect retreat setting. Oh yes, squirrels nest. In winter we can see dozens of them in our yard.

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PHEBESS 5/2/2013 11:44PM

    What a lovely and relaxing place!

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MILLISMA 5/2/2013 8:35PM

    Thank you for sharing. The photos are gorgeous. I can see where the walk would be very relaxing and inspirational.

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WILLOWBEE63 5/2/2013 6:22PM

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Thank you for sharing your retreat with us Gini!!!! Looks like a beautiful place to enjoy peace and quiet!!!

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CAROLIAN 5/2/2013 11:03AM

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NORASPAT 5/2/2013 10:09AM

    I hope your retreat has given you more rest and more energy. The river walk looked lovely, we have been looking at wild flowers here in Maine too. It is such a restorative process for me to see the wild flowers. It means winter has passed and the earth has renewed vigour and hopefully it invigorates us too. Enjoy you day, emoticon and much Love Pat in Maine. emoticon for sharing your lovely photos, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANET552 5/2/2013 7:51AM

    Your retreat sounds like it was very relaxing both in body and mind. The pictures are beautiful!! Congratulations on the exercise -- I especially like the stairs for coffee idea.

I'm so happy you enjoyed your time. How many participants were there?

Thanks for sharing!

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MARTYLYNN1 5/1/2013 11:57PM

    Thanks for sharing your retreat. Love the pictures!

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ANHELIC 5/1/2013 11:33PM

    Sounds like a great retreat. Your pictures were awesome and peaceful looking. You really needed something like this.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/1/2013 10:54PM

    Your retreat sounded wonderful. I loved the pictures. You really needed this.

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JUNEAU2010 5/1/2013 10:09PM

    How gorgeous and peaceful! Thanks for sharing!

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GAMMY98 5/1/2013 10:05PM

    Thanks for sharing love the pictures. I am glad you had a nice time. emoticon

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