Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Day Four

Two things are worthy of note on this fourth day of the retreat:

On the human level I have noticed there have been a lot of tours coming through the campus of Creighton. Eager families considering all their options are surely surprised by what they see. Hundreds of silent men, praying in the Church, on the grounds, by the fountains, etc... I am not sure what they must think as we move about like silent robots from place to place. Just today a group came in the cafeteria with a mighty look of shock on their face when they saw 175 people all eating by themselves. I hope their tour guides knew what was happening. Parents must have been either horrified by the anti-social nature of the "students," or amazed by the holiness of the place. Either way it is a funny scene to watch.

On the prayerful level the fourth day preceded much as the third. As time progresses my prayer continues to grow. Some of it, as always, is subject to the distractions of the human mind and world. However, this evening, much as the evening before, I was blessed to have an hour of great clarity in prayer. It was truly a beautiful thing. So beautiful that I choose to post this morning rather than last night so that I could go to sleep savoring the moment.

Trust in God
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you;
All things pass:
God never changes.
Patience achieves
all it strives for.
He who has God
finds he lacks nothing.
God alone suffices.
- Teresa of Avila

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