Monday, March 14, 2011


  I was privileged this past Saturday to be able to attend a day of silent retreat at the Carmelite monastery in Philadelphia. I was also blessed to ride along with my friend and fellow blogger you may know from The Little Way.
 I don't know if it is just my nature, or something God is doing, but it was the fastest day ever! The hours passed so quickly; I felt as though I was just settling in, and then it was over.
 Fr. McGoldrick is just what his name suggests--a nugget of gold among the dross. His method of speech is so clear, yet delivered in a way that is accessible and lodges in the heart. I think homey is a good word. Not in a cute, facile way, but just homey as in recognizing how at home we are when we are bathed in Christ.

I apologize for the blurriness of my photos. As another dear blogger said, there is a sheepishness about taking photos around such a holy place, but I really wanted to share a little bit with you, but I fear I rushed a bit and didn't let the camera get focused.

I wish I could share every bit of the day, but it was so chock full of wisdom, love, grace and inspiration, I fear I would make a mess of it. However, I do plan to take a run at a couple points later on.

Right now, though, I am facing a rather full day. The Lord awaits in the Blessed Sacrament, and I know that I need to go and be with Him, and hope to have a chance to go to confession also; if I have any hope of fulfilling my vocation for another day.

Blessings and peace to you all, and be assured of my prayers for you and your intentions.

Especially for the people of Japan, who are facing what might be the biggest trial of their lives.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!


  1. Sounds like a wonderful day. And the photos are beautiful. I understand about not taking the time to focus!

  2. It was you I was thinking of :) When I saw and read your post about the adoration chapel, I thought, wow. That's me!

  3. Your photos would have been clearer had your ride home not rushed you ;) It was a very grace-filled day and probably the best retreat I've gone on yet and I'm glad you were part of it, albeit silently!

  4. Nonsense! I do this all the time. :) And I enjoyed our time together as well. :)

  5. Glad the two of you enjoyed it! It is tough to take pictures when one feels uncomfortable doing so.

  6. I can never participate in those retreats since I work on Saturdays so very blessed you are! I have been taking a ton of pics at the Monastery for our website but some of mine were blurry since I didn't really want to use a flash. Here is our community website if you are interested: I also having been posting pics throughout my posts this Lent. God Bless!