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Monday, July 08, 2013

I'm leaving tomorrow for a retreat near Ft Myers at Mother of God House of Prayer (see website for pics). It's about a half mile back from the Caloosahatchee River, and I am so looking forward to having the large house to myself. I'm taking clay, water colors, and my everlasting cross stitch tablecloth. Everlasting because it's huge, and i just may finish it before I die. No other agenda except for an excursion to the farmers market and to Ft Myers Friends Meeting.

I will fix my own meals in the beautiful large kitchen. It's spacious and light, and preparing food in it becomes very much part of retreat. One of the first things I do will be to bake bread.

This place was a refuge after I was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. The Sister of St Joseph who is the director listened and prayed with me and couldn't have offered better support. I will meet daily with her on this retreat; different and simpler issues this time, thanks be.

What do I want from the time I will spend there? Peace, quiet, time for meditation, consideration of how to bring more of retreat-mind into everyday life when I go back to work in August....

Electronic devices are sometimes discouraged at retreat houses, but I think that's a passť issue. My iPad and Nook lighten my book load, and I do want to continue tracking nutrition and fitness. It works if you limit unnecessary communications and don't let it become a distraction.

"This is the place of our delight and rest." St Jane de Chantal

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
POPSY190 7/9/2013 1:44AM

    Have a restorative time. As with most technologies, it's the use you put them to that makes them useful or an unnecessary and trivial distraction.

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MOVEITMARY 7/8/2013 11:06PM

    That sounds heavenly.

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LADYCALICO 7/8/2013 9:38PM

    Enjoy your rest and renewal--want to take some of my unfinished projects with you?

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LIVINGFREE19 7/8/2013 5:33PM

    I hope you find it being very peaceful, and comforting.


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MADAMES 7/8/2013 4:19PM

    Hope you find peace and a sense of renewal!

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BAMAJAM 7/8/2013 2:21PM

  Wishing you a very successful retreat! Having quiet reflection for spiritual growth is truly wonderful. ... We all need nourishment for the soul.

As a young girl I wanted to become a nun, and I would "shop" the vocation catalog!
My favorite was Daughters of Charity, with those huge, airplane-like, headpieces.
I was so very blessed to have the benefit of dedicated nuns teaching me---both in elementary school and high school.

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SOPHIEDO13 7/8/2013 12:27PM

    Have a good time. !! How many people will be there ?

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