Dear Friends of Our Lady of Calvary,
As we journey into a new retreat season, a reflection offered by Kathy Irr of the week-end retreat staff and found in her recently published book, provided a tone and setting for the two fold grace of Wisdom and Hope in this year’s theme. Used with her permission:
—Henri J.M. Nouwen
A few years ago my previous spiritual director sensed that I was feeling unsettled and a bit frazzled during a session. We stopped and processed what might be buried beneath the feelings. He then suggested that I close my eyes as he brought me through a simple meditation. He repeated these words slowly until my body, mind, and spirit felt calm and centered:
Be Still and Know that I Am God
Be Still and Know that I Am
Be Still and Know
Since that time I’ve used these words taken from Psalm 46:10 on many occasions. It is a reminder to me that God can do things I feel unable to do alone. The spiritual calm that comes over me does not mean the absence of problems or concerns; instead, it means a steady and deep commitment to placing my trust in a God who loves me unconditionally.
Come, Be and Rejoice in Wisdom and Hope.
Sr. Kathleen M. Fitz Simons, CND