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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 passé 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
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  • POPSY190
    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.
    1718 days ago
    That sounds heavenly.
    1718 days ago
    Enjoy your rest and renewal--want to take some of my unfinished projects with you?
    1718 days ago
    I hope you find it being very peaceful, and comforting.

    1718 days ago
    Hope you find peace and a sense of renewal!

    1719 days ago
    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.
    1719 days ago
    Have a good time. !! How many people will be there ?
    1719 days ago
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