"Be Still and know that I am God" 

- Psalm 46:10

 

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

– For the greater glory of God

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Consider a Silent Retreat

A slice of heaven! I can find no other way to explain the peace that comes from a silent retreat. Ok, at first, I must admit that I was a little nervous going to the first one. How could one be silent from Thursday night to Sunday at noon . Now, having gone annually since that time eight years ago, I thirst for the peace and recharging that comes with a silent retreat.

I will provide a basic outline of how a silent retreat runs. This is from my experience at a place that is truly a “slice of heaven”, the St. Ignatius House in Atlanta , GA. For a three day retreat, you arrive on a Thursday evening for dinner. Afterwards, the priest or retreat leader gives a brief talk to start off the retreat. At that point, you go into silence. Over the next Friday/Saturday, the priest or retreat leader will give four or five brief talks each day on a topic and give you some direction for meditation if you desire. Generally, mass is celebrated late in the afternoon followed by dinner. The chapel is always available for adoration of the blessed sacrament. As well, a signup sheet is available to schedule time with a priest to discuss any matters and/or receive the sacrament of reconciliation.

People come for many different reasons – rest, sleep, spiritual insight, guidance, journaling, etc. Most certainly, each individual who leaves on Sunday is a different person than the one that arrived on Thursday.

Within the Catholic community, various orders of priests give retreats. For purposes of a silent retreat, my experience is with the retreats provided by the Jesuits based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius. See the link below to the Jesuit retreat centers across the U.S.

Jesuit Retreat Houses and Spirituality Programs