Saturday, February 4, 2012

what I learned during silence

The Shadow of Wayne Stratz
Jesuit Retreat Center
Wernersville, PA

"Troublemakers: Since no one really knows anything about God, those who think they do are just troublemakers." -~~~~ Rabia 8th century Sufi woman.

with that said, this is what I learned and/or retaught in 24 hours of silence: 

  1. If you are really tired, then God will let you sleep through dinner and then will encourage you to go off grounds to get a meal.
  2. God will provide you with prophets who speak of hope and allow you the time to reflect upon your childhood.
  3. God will encourage you to draw designs, once you are rested.
  4. God will let you see the nature of time and retreats.
  5. God will have you listen to your heart and when it aches with some spiritual anxiety over letting go of your annual 8 day retreat, your spiritual director will send you a message:  "God knows what you are letting go of and will find a way to provide what you will miss."
  6. God will give you a plan that lifts your spirit and hope to face the future.
  7. God digs hanging out with people who listen to jazz.


  1. Sounds as if the silence was extremely communicative.

  2. Glad you got some sleep, as well as soup and solace! It's a good spot for that....

  3. Beautiful... simply beautiful and oh-so-wise.

  4. Silence is a very precious commodity, these days.

  5. Hey everyone--- thanks for the responses to this post. some Lenten practices, if followed through with are inspired by time at the Jesuit Center. we will see, we will see


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