Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday: a Silent Retreat & a Birthday

How did your week go?  Here are a few highlights from mine.

  1. I recently returned from a silent retreat in South Dakota.  This is a picture of Sts. Isodore and Maria Catholic Church where I did the majority of my holy hours.  I snapped this shot as I was pulling up last Thursday evening, for as you know, phones are verboten during a retreat, so I couldn’t take any more pictures.

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2.  Who needs a phone during a retreat anyway?  Even if one were to say to me, “But, but, but I need my phone for an alarm clock and to look at my sweet breviary apps.”  I’d still say nope.  We all know that screens do something to us.  The constant scrolling with endless options are tiring.  Rather, you might consider saving your money and buying this and learning how to use it.  Flip some pages.  Be uncomfortable.  And as for an alarm…where I went on silent retreat, they had old-fashioned alarm clocks in our private rooms, and they had cheap watches for sale in their book store, should you not have one.

3.  There is a misconception about silent retreats.  Some people are inclined to think it like a vacation.  Let me tell you, it is not.  It is work; it is a labor of love.  My spiritual director recommends scheduling 5 holy hours during the day, wherein one prays before the Blessed Sacrament.  This is in addition to Mass and Confession.  Then there are other devotions one may want to do–Stations of the Cross, Rosary, ect.  Not to mention fasting in some sort of way.  No, it is not a vacation.

4.  But it is worth it.  We may not always be faithful to God, but He is always faithful to us.  He loves us dearly and sees our little sacrifices.  He is quick to stoop down to His little ones and hold us, should we want Him to.  If you’re thinking of a silent retreat, just schedule it and go!

5.  And lastly, the Eldest had a birthday this week.  She turned 13, and I finally have a teenager!  (Her birth story from 13 years ago is HERE.)

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And here she is, modeling her new watch, given to her by her grandparents.

Happy Birthday, my sweet Maria!