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Retreated, renewed and refreshedCreated by Jane in Jane Lawson's Blog
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فوق هذا I’m not a stranger to retreats, my mother used to organise an annual one for ‘women and young girls’ in the 50s and 60s, and she used to say that for many of the attendees it was the only private space they ever had all year. Nowadays we are all more affluent but, in some ways achieving privacy and quiet is even harder.
انقر للتحقيق So, what was I hoping for? Quiet, certainly. Structure and intellectual challenge, beautiful countryside surroundings and space. And I found all of these. At the retreat I chose there was a series of conferences; they would be called lectures elsewhere, on such matters as Liberation Theology, women in the church, the option for the poor and other aspects of the theme running through the week which was called ‘Towards a Spirituality of Justice’. They were certainly challenging and disturbing and all the better for that.
رابط مهم There was plenty of time to walk in the country lanes and paths and at the seashore. Sometimes all that could be heard were the oyster catchers and occasionally the strange sound of seals.
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The cycle of prayer continues throughout each day. I attended Mass at 7.00 each morning and compline in the evening. Other attendees chose those services which they felt most comfortable with – sometimes based on the music! And the music of the Gregorian Chant is truly lovely. It calms the spirit and stills the busy intrusions which crowd the brain. And it is strangely comforting to realise that these holy people are continually praying for those whom they do not know, but whom they hold before the Lord, day and night. The chapel is always open for silent prayer or contemplation. It takes practice to be still and empty one’s head and heart of the incessant words which are forever there, but as the calm and quiet continue it becomes much easier.
We also did a little work. Sometimes in the kitchen, sometimes in the garden. Work is good too and as well ordered as the rest of each day.
I think we all returned home as more complete and serene persons fitter to deal with our normal lives, but spiritually refreshed and renewed.
There are many retreat houses in the UK. Many are Christian but there are Buddhist and others too. Some are preached retreats, some are just places to go to for complete peace and it’s also possible to make a private retreat with a spiritual director if you so wish.
And you certainly don’t have to be a Christian or even have a religious belief at all. All who seek quiet and rest are welcome.
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