Every priest, according to Canon Law, is asked to make a 5 day retreat every year in order to “step back” from the busyness of our lives and reflect upon our relationship with Christ. This past week, myself and 3 of my classmates journeyed to Albuquerque, New Mexico for retreat at Santa Maria de la Vid Priory located southwest of the city of Albuquerque and owned and operated by the Norbertines.
Each of us had our own private hermitage and we spent the days in silence except for our daily gathering for Mass. While we agreed that silence was necessary for our daily prayer, yours truly (surprise, surprise) sometimes had difficulty with this rule and needed a time for chatting each day, usually with my classmate Fr. Dan Janasik. Nothing excessive, but a few moments here and there!
Being in the desert in a wonderful way to hear the voice of God. The weather was in the mid 50s, so I had plenty of time to walk the grounds of the priory and literally lose myself in prayer amongst the cacti!
Everyone needs a retreat in life, not just priests. Take advantage of an opportunity to do this and if you’re not sure where to go, then give me a ring and I would be happy to offer assistance! Please know that I kept you all close to my heart in prayer during my retreat.
Happy Birthday Mom!!!