One luxury of religious life that my body, mind and spirit has come to rely on is the opportunity to make an annual retreat. As our CSJP Constitutions so wisely say:
We nurture our life of prayer
by reflective reading, particularly Scripture,
by periods of solitude and silence,
and by an annual retreat. (Constitution 30).
Or, in the words of my Jedi Master:
So away I go. First I will stop on the way and visit with a friend. But then it is off. To quiet. To nature. To spending time in the heart of God.