Wednesday, January 6, 2010
A Pathless Path or Do you return from a retreat?
The schedule included rising at 6 A.M. and entering in contemplation fro 25 minutes with a 5 minute meditative walk in between three (25 min) contemplative moments. Morning prayer was followed by breakfast. At 9:30 A.M. returning to contemplation with the eighteen others on retreat - in silence, sitting/kneeling. Meditation by Fr. Pat at 10 A.M. with wonderful reflections to deepen contemplation. Interviews with Fr. Pat (Redemptorist) after this - at least once a day (option except for the first and last day of the 5 full day retreat). Contemplation continued throughout the day. At 4 P.M. we walked on our own on desert paths. At 5 P.M. we celebrated Liturgy. After supper (everyone had some work to carry out in silence - ora et labora) we would return to contemplation until 8:30 P.M. retiring at 9 P.M. What is contemplation? It is being in the presence of God. It is similar to Centering Prayer. Contemplative prayer: Fr. Pat said it so well ... keeping your "hands off of your soul." Letting God be God.
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