The format is this:
One conference each day of the retreat –probably no more than twenty minutes. The director alsoinvites the sisters to come speak with her at least once or twice during the retreat; not required, but offered. Also, I plan to offer one or two optional group sharings in the late afternoon before supper, or in the evening.
This particular retreat is a Praying with Poetry retreat. They are not writing poetry; they are reading it.
This week I have been working on this. I looked at the Scripture readings for the day of each retreat, and found them rich with possibilities for prayer and reflection. I located a theme for each day, and have gathered poems for each day, from a variety of sources. This has been fun!
I'll share some of the poems on this blog. Here's one:
A Walk by Rainer Maria Rilke
My eyes already touch the sunny hill,
Gazing far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
It has its inner light, even from a distance –
And changes us, even if we do not reach it,
Into something else, which hardly sensing it, we
A gesture waves us on, answering our own wave…
But what we feel is the wind in our faces.