Nine Days in Deep Silence

A Benedictine monk (Aaron) in the monastery bookstore.

A Benedictine monk (Aaron) in the monastery bookstore.

Good Day, God!

I’ve been home over a week now from my nine day Silent Retreat at the Retreat Center at Snowmass, Colorado. When I first got home I was exhausted — which amazed me considering how much I had rested and napped.

But slowly it has come to me that You and my Unconscious were doing a lot of work in all that silence. My conscious mind got an occasional peak into what was happening. But, I am pretty sure it will take months for my Mind to find out what was going on. Or, maybe, God, my Mind isn’t able to conceptualize what You did?

I took many hundreds of photos — beautiful photos of rainbows, snow on the highest peak, green meadows with cows and sunsets. So, how did I pick this photo in which Brother Aaron is only in silhouette? I did it because of the LIGHT surrounding him! I think of these monks as ordinary mortals who have chosen to immerse themselves in the Light of Your Love.

And, yes, all of us ordinary folks are welcomed in . . . welcomed to sit in Your Presence. Now I do know that You are everywhere! I don’t really NEED to go off to a “sacred valley” to sit in Your Presence. However, it is so much easier to sit in silence with 21 others who have come together with the same purpose. I shamelessly drafted on their capabilities! And I came to love them . . . without speaking a word . . . as Your Holy Spirit knit us together.

Thank You, God! It was a Glorious Time!

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