I had the joy of spending the weekend at one of my favorite places (ShrineMont) with some of my favorite people. I was able to accompany my faith community at St. Thomas to this annual mountain retreat to recharge, reconnect, and revive ourselves. It has been quite a challenging year for us in our parish-of-transition, but we now have so much to celebrate.
While away, I posted this week’s installment of our virtual faith formation series, Sunday Thoughts for a Monday World. One of the questions I posed for thought was, “what will we say on Monday about our authentic experiences on this weekend retreat?”
So, I thought I would answer that question here on my own blog, too. So,
I am reflecting tonight: What have I said today about my weekend…
ShrineMont is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, both in natural beauty and spiritual energy.
I wish I could begin every day walking the labyrinth at dawn like I did this weekend.
Serving Holy Eucharist in the Shrine was possibly one of the most moving and inspiring experiences I have ever had.
As hard is it was to let go at first, I loved seeing my daughter spread her wings of freedom and independence.
What did I do this weekend…well, I went to the mountains, hiked, and led a prayer beading workshop. Seriously, I did! (said to a colleague who looked shocked to hear all three).
I had so much fun making prayer beads with and for my friends. I feel like my whole Saturday was filled with holy moments.
ShrineMont weekends are never long enough.
While I was on retreat, I had a dream that I was making/baking communion bread…I thought about the symbolism of that dream all the while I was driving home yesterday.
I came home ready to take the next steps forward in my own journey.
The copper cross our youth made is awesome.
Today is such a challenging re-entry day for me. Maybe I need to stop struggling and listen to what is happening in my heart and my head.
I am ready to go back already.
It was wonderful to see everyone so happy, hopeful, and optimistic. I have been feeling that way for a while, but now it seems contagious.
I took a camera full of pictures. If you read my blog, you’ll eventually see them all.
Everyone should have a ShrineMont.
Written in response to: http://www.stthomasrichmond.org/article/week-2-sunday-thoughts-for-a-monday-world