|Sign from day-use hermitage at Santa Sabina|
Retreat Center, San Rafael, CA
To spend time alone with my loving God
To listen, watch, and connect with nature--whistling winds, chirping birds, and who knows what else
To take long walks in the woods, finding my way as I go
To take photographs, draw, and color - if the Spirit moves
Who knows what else will be in store? I took this photo on retreat a few years ago at Santa Sabina in San Rafael, California. That was not a hermitage retreat, but they had a small hermitage on the campus where you could spend some time during the day and even overnight if you wanted to.
I feel very blessed to have the opportunity for time away. The annual retreat is one of my favorite "have-to's" as a Sister. I sent an email to the nurse at my Dad's assisted living to let her know I'd be away. Her response: "Enjoy the peace and quiet. I have no idea what that feels like but it sounds lovely."
And so I enter into this week of rest and renewal of my relationship with God, myself and creation in a spirit of deep gratitude and blessing.