Edited to add:
Please see THIS other post my response to a very dramatic and most bizarre reaction to the post below!
Thanks so much for your prayers for me and mine yesterday as we went on Retreat to Colwich Abbey. I am pleased to report that it was a very rewarding experience. I don’t remember a retreat experience that I’ve not liked though, if truth be told (and why shouldn’t it be told?).
The only thing that cast a dampner over the day was that I got car sick! (I didn’t throw up, thank goodness). I drive with no problem (other than a tendency to road rage and a fear of motorways) and yet if I travel as a passenger at the back of a car, I get sick. Does anyone else get that or am I the only wierd one who gets that?
None the less, it wasn’t as bad at the start of the day as when I got home, I felt quite ill for a few hours on my return, but nothing could take away from me the wonderful time I’d had with the other 70 or 80 or so ladies on retreat.
Pictured above is a snap I took of the Chapel where Bishop McGough said Mass and where we later heard him speak on the subject of LOVE…(it was fabulous- more about that in another post) …where we prayed the Divine Office, where there was Adoration, where we sang hymns and had silent prayer and Benediction.
The only thing I would have liked to have been a part of the day, that wasn’t, would have been the opportunity for Confession, but I don’t think there’d have been enough time anyway.
Now sometimes I really struggle with Adoration. ( just last week I wrote a post onsimilar lines and Iwas going to post it this week – I still may, because it’s still pertinent).
I can have a lot of difficulty in switching off from random thoughts in my head, the buzz of the outside world, the distraction of the traffic congesting the city’s busy roads outside the Church. Usually I’m sitting (or kneeling) in the pew for about 10 or 15 minutes or more before suddenly it’s like God slams me upside the head and I go “OH! Jesus, I’m sorry, where were we?”.
Maybe it was the preparation of having already been to Mass and having received my Lord in the Eucharist, spent time in prayer and contemplation….but I just talked to Jesus in my thoughts yesterday during Adoration, just as easily as I’m writing this now.
During my time before the Blessed Sacrament I prayed for all who I have come to know during my time of blogging. I believe that God has bought you all into my life for a reason and I am grateful for the opportunity of knowing you in some small way, through the means that cyberspace affords us.
Yes, indeed, a good day. Now I just have to try to hold on to some of that inner peace that I experienced yesterday… and that’s the hard part. It never lasts. That’s my fault, not His.