My wife and I returned from our weekend oblate retreat at St. Leo Abbey in the state of Florida, USA, about two weeks ago. We had spent about a month at home preparing for the retreat by spending more time in contemplation and I focused on beauty as well.
Since returning home from the weekend retreat at the monastery we have had a cloak of spiritual peace.
From the time we arrived at the retreat on the Friday and began seeing the other oblates, we felt a closeness and unity with them. The 30+ oblates who attended are far more diverse than most church groups I know. But those differences are not barriers. The oblates were all of one spirit. A remarkable event in our lives.
It’s at times like this that I wonder how many other people are like my wife and I were in 2006 — just one monastery visit away from the deepest spirituality and peace we have known — and we had practiced silence, contemplation, and what we now know is lectio divina for many years.