Monday, September 29, 2008

Walk to beauty. A Benedictine oblate blog

Beauty has been a gentle guide as I prepare for an upcoming oblate retreat later next month.

Weekends are especially contemplative as we go into “retreat-preparation mode.” We practice lectio divina and silence. My wife and I had a little humorous thought — no matter what happens at the retreat, we have already created our own spiritual retreat during the past few weeks.


  1. where is this gorgeous garden? It calms my soul-

  2. The picture is of The Butchart Gardens near Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

    "The Butchart Gardens was created in 1904 by Jennie Butchart out of her husband's worked-out limestone quarry site, welcoming over one million guests from around the world each year, and it has been designated a National Historic Site. The 22 hectare (55 acre) year round gardens are located 20 km (13 miles) north of the city of Victoria, British Columbia, on the Saanich Peninsula."

    We visited there as part of an Alaskan Inside-Passage cruise. We were there in the late afternoon until dark, but there was enough light to get many pictures that are some of my favorites of the trip.

  3. Jen W. I see that you are an oblate novice. I tried to find a method to e-mail you or leave a comment on your blog. I wanted to write to you about being an oblate. Would you mind emailing me?