Today we had a day of Recollection. This was quite exciting on many levels. The first being we all could sleep in until 8:30am (prayer was at 9:00am). What is a day of recollection? A mini retreat of sorts. We began the day at 9:00am with morning prayer and followed it with a reflection offered by a wonderful guest speaker on the life of St. Francis. After the intial reflection we had time for quiet reflection, midday prayer, lunch in silence, more quiet time, confession, quiet time, an afternoon reflection, quiet time, mass, dinner and then back to the usual.
It was a nice break away from the rat race of life. I enjoyed sleeping in, hearing the reflections of others and quiet time (including, I must confess an amazing nap, okay an amazing two naps- but they were divine!). Every month or so we have some time set aside for a day of recollection/ mini retreat. It is a nice break from things and an opportunity to put everything inot perspective. I know I enjoyed being able to just sit in my room, not worry about work, and spend some time just thinking about things (where I am, why I am here, what God wants me to do, why it seems like I can never figure out what God wants, why I need to trust). It is crazy how busy we all get in life, even in a place where we are supposed to be seeking God. It seems so easy to not focus, to get wrapped up into other things and not take time out.That being said I was glad when the day ended and we could talk again.
On another note tomorrow morning I am the leader for morning prayer. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Even though it is no big deal I am nervous because everyone will notice if I mess up, not to mention the fact that it is the feast of the guardian angels, which means it will involve many different elements. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I will be sure to let you know how it goes. In the mean time, off to bed. :)