Monday, March 11, 2013

Seven Thoughts on spontaneously signing up for a retreat at the Jesuit Center


Looking Up at the Jesuit Center
Wernersville, PA

  1. Monday night remember that you love creating new designs in Wernersville and see that a retreat is happening the next weekend. Sign up on Tuesday. When you are the only male to show up, read the fine print to see if it was a women's retreat. It wasn't. Still have the longest hair in the room.
  2. bring a camera so you don't have to count on old photos to head the blog post.  
  3. spend prayer time designing a Wisdom stained glass panel and a turtle.
  4. Turtles ~ mention in a news letter that you are thinking about creating a turtle. Get a commission that will include a turtle. Go on a retreat to design the turtle. Laugh when the retreat leader pulls a turtle from her bag. She uses it to remind herself that good things may take a long but slow journey.
  5. Wake up on the Sunday and draw a design for the nun who introduced you to Wisdom. Then take an erasure to the panel you had designed. Start the background over. But keep the moon.
  6. If you are fighting off a cold, a silent retreat just may not be the source for a miracle cure.
  7. When a woman's face shines amongst all the others, draw her a card with wisdom shining upon a focal point. Be brave and give her the design as you pass in a hallway. Accept her hug. Later give her your address when she asks, be filled with hope that you have made a new friend. It can happen at a silent retreat.
and one more thing: on Monday remember what may be the most important thing that flowed into your brain ~ You would rather lose your job before you lose your sense of humor.


13 comments:

  1. Keep the sense of humor! Off to Wernersville on Wednesday....

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    1. Michelle ~ may your time be fruitful. let me add one more thing. Seeing Jack after many many months was splendid indeed

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  2. such a wonderful post. i got a chuckle from #1.
    and #4...cool.

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    1. Nance ~ thanks. It was an enjoyable weekend. Refreshing and tiring

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  3. I love that image of making a friend on silent retreat. Thanks for a fun read about your experience.

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    1. Denise ~ it is a difficult thing to do in silence. One of the frustrating things about the retreats. Sometimes you are drawn to get to know someone, but must respect their silence.

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  4. I'm going to hold on to that last bit for a while...

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    1. Di ~ sometimes one only has a thin thread to hang on to

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  5. Have fun.

    Dropping by from A to Z Challenge. This is my first year participating.

    Brett Minor
    Transformed Nonconformist

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, best of luck going from a to z

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  6. I guess you can make friends without saying a word!

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