Sister Louise Sharum, OSB
Trees are so silent for the most part, yet they bring such delight,
as the splendor of reds and yellows mature into duller browns.
I feel a bit sad at that, yet strangely strong,
as though open to the sacred.
All that we work on so hard,
maturing it at the cost of time and pain,
once it is accomplished, is beyond us,
is for others to eat the ripened fruit.
Our part is to let our fruit fall from us, beyond our control.
Only when a fruit tree does that
does it make possible the fulfillment of its very purpose:
God arranged the universe;
planted the nature of every being into its deepest self.
Being what we are, and letting go of all we have done
is part of autumn love.
At a pivotal moment in his ministry, Jesus left Galilee and set out for Jerusalem. He predicted that his journey would bring suffering, death, and resurrection. Each disciple must take up his cross of hope and walk with Jesus to the heavenly Jerusalem. The Scriptures and Christian spiritual classics provide guidance for this journey of moving through darkness and suffering into light and transformation. Cost: $175.00. Commuter $120.00 A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is needed at the time of registration. Lodging and 5 meals are included in the price.
Silent Directed Retreat3-Day: January 8-11, 2015 ($235); 5-Day: January 8-14, 2015 ($385); 8-Day: January 8-17, 2015 ($575)
This Retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This retreat is a time to practice silence in order to make room for God to work in your life and by this to strengthen your relationship with Him. In the silence you are better able to hear God’s invitation to open your heart and surrender your soul in a deeper way. Each day you will meet with a Spiritual Director to assist you in discerning God’s invitation and to offer suggestions to guide you during your silence. The Retreat opens with dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 8 and ends after lunch on Sunday for the 3-Day and after morning liturgy for the 5-Day and the 8-Day. Lodging and meals are included in the price. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration.