Friday, May 23, 2008

Blogging Vacation

I really am tired, folks. After a very rough semester, I'm still not caught up on work! Plus I'm doing some extra (serious) writing, and completing assignments in this spiritual direction preparation program (yes, I am training and discerning that)...it all boils down to needing to close my eyes, breathe, and take a blog break, at least until after my birthday. (You get to not blog on your birthday...right?) I hope to be back May 27.

May 26 is my birthday, and more importantly, the feast day of St. Philip Neri, left. Apparently he was quite the hilarious practical joker, and a good one to inspire me on this mini-sabbatical. But doesn't he look like he is about to get beat up by a baby angel? I mean, that cherubim has some serious attitude going on.).

The current caption contest is still going strong....


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p.s. On an entirely different note. I need to do a one week directed retreat (preferably Ignatian exercise-based) as part of this program by the end of July next year. If anyone has suggestions, I am receiving them with gratitude. This has been a lot harder to arrange than I would have guessed. I'd prefer someplace which doesn't consider drum-making an inherently spiritual act. Thanks!

17 comments:

Meredith Gould said...

Praying for the restoration of your energy, clearly your humor isn't draggin' If you're allowed to do the retreat online, Creighton University has some options. No drumming or decoupage or liturgical dance.

PraiseDivineMercy said...

Try looking into retreats offered at monasteries. Check out the order online to see if they are the habit-wearing kind.

Allen's Brain said...

I'll miss you, but I'll probably have time to reload.

Christopher Milton said...

Oh! Oh! Go here! Go here!

www.whretreat.org

They're really awesome! And it's gorgeous! And they're Jesuits! And I've never made a drum or a love offering or spiritual dance while I was there!

brandy101 said...

Have a happy birthday!

JimmyV said...

I would suggest the Malvern Retreat House out here in PA. They have spectacular, non-drum-making retreats.

Sister Mary Martha said...

Happy Birthday!

Adoro te Devote said...

Happy Birthday!

And you know, some time ago I was reading a Minnesota blog, and the woman had attended an Ignatian retreat at a reatreat house maybe in the Prior Lake area (unsure of location)...and said it was wonderful. Nothing kookie, and it sounds like it's something that's coming around fairly frequently.

If I can think of the blog, I'll find the post on it and send it to you because I think she gives the location. I'm interested in attending one of those, too.

The Ironic Catholic said...

Thanks, all. Except Allen (turns around, watches back). :-)

The suggestions for retreats--the thing is, the ones you are suggesting (incl yours nearby, Adoro, I know it: in Lake Elmo) offer three day silent weekend retreats, not really the 6-8 day directed retreats. I need the latter. Part of this program tries to set you up for doing this, so obviously I need to experience it! And the 8 day Ignatian retreats are packed with those dang Jesuits. ;)

Monasteries welcome you to stay and pray but the ones I am looking at don't do directed retreats.

On the up side, I am getting trained in what is obviously a crying need.

Peace all!

Allen's Brain said...

Well, IC, you did say "retreat."

Rebecca said...

I just heard about this website http://www.findthedivine.com/ - which is a directory of retreat centers around the world and around the country. You can search by state, region, etc. I've only glanced at it thus far, but it might be helpful. If you're looking to travel, Cleveland has quite an abundance of places... :)

Peace

Rebecca said...

Oh, there's also www.seekaretreat.com, but I think that's more for groups. Not sure how the "featured" retreat leaders/centers get to be "featured" though...

Rachel Gray said...

Directed means one-on-one rather than just hearing talks in a group? I heard there's a retreat with group talks happening this July 22-30 in LA County, but for all I know it's full now anyway.

The wonderful priests of my parish are Oblates of the Virgin Mary, and every year in June or July they give an 8-day retreat for men with one-on-one spiritual direction every day-- BUT space is so limited that it's typically by invitation only. I've gotten myself invited to the women's retreat just by begging for an invitation, but the priests at least know me. I don't know if you could just call up the parish and ask to go. Probably worth a try, anyway. The retreat's likely full this year, but you could try for next year. Here's my parish; call the office and ask for a priest (or at least his voicemail): http://www.spcomv.com/

OMVs also run the Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality, which has given eight-day directed retreats in the past:
http://www.lantericenter.org/

And if that doesn't work, try other OMVs around the country:
http://www.omvusa.org/our-mission-and-ministry/where-we-serve.htm

Paul Cat said...

I know some people don't like the Legionaries of Christ, but the retreats they have lead that I have attended have been amazing. I usually feel physically tired yet spiritually "rechareged" at the end of the three days. However, I think they only offer weekend retreats.

A week long retreat that doesn't include drum banging as an act of spiritual growth . . . hmmm.

Have you checked out the Intercessors of the Lamb?

The Intercessors are really great people. Real supports of the Charismatic renewal as well as Adoration and Marian Devotion.

ashley said...

I like the White House Retreat in St. Louis, but for longer retreats check out http://www.divineprovidence.org/flowmeter.cfm?meter=515

Mary DTP said...

I have heard good things about the Eastern Point Retreat House in Massachusetts. Here is the web site: http://www.easternpoint.org/retreat/ They not only have seven- and eight-day retreats but even the 30-day program for the Ignatian Exercises. I had tried to get into a retreat with James Martin, but it filled up too quickly. Hope this helps.

Dymphna said...

Come to Virginia and do a retreat at Holy Cross Abbey. The monks are Trappists so it's really quiet.