December 31st, 2022
Good morning - having just returned from my
retreat, I'm reflecting on the wooden cross that I purchased. I remember that gracious pine tree and am happy to have a remnant of it.
I just attended the year end retreat, and it was wonderful. I did want to comment that I missed the opportunity to talk with others at the first meal. Silence the rest of the time was wonderful as was a talking lunch at the conclusion. I would comment that there is value in continuing the tradition of talking at the first and last meal at the retreats. The retreat was a very meaningful way to spend the last few days of 2022.
You have a point
That drives it all home:
Be patient, be still
Like a quiet cove
Alive yet peaceful
Be kind to yourself
Knowing tides ebb often
Rising back with certainty
Be scared yet nimble
Like a startled jackrabbit
Bounding to safety
Be humble and bow down
As God’s dutiful servant
And as merely a speck
In the vastness of the stars
Be brave and tenacious
Like a hungry seagull
Intent on finding its prize
Be playful and agile
Like a darting barn swallow
Singing/laughing with friends
Be and be and be
A light that shines
Like a glorious sunrise
Bursting forth a new day
Be silent to let go
Of the voices in your head
And let sing the inner one
Harmonized with this point
Called Eastern Point
Where we pray and pray
Along the sacred shores
With kind kindred spirits
Saying THANK YOU
With your whole heart
"God's beauty surrounds this place. The ocean, the trees [and] the grounds bring us to prayer."
"The outdoor beauty was a clarion call to contemplation. The silence within the house added to the soul stillness."
"A holy atmosphere filled with kindness, sympathy, reverence. Very beautiful."
"The masses were intimate and peaceful and loving."
"The atmosphere both in the house and on the grounds was peaceful and loving. Silence was constantly respected."
"Absolutely beautiful! The silence is so special and sets the stage for deep prayer."
"The silence was wonder-filled and healing throughout the house and outside as well. Having [a lit] fire occasionally at night was a special gift and enhanced the day's prayer."
"Quiet, friendly, conducive to the shared experience of seeking a deeper connection to God."
"[The liturgies were] thoughtfully prepared and conducted. Homilies were helpful in their variety."
"I love the silence and the solitude, the grandeur of God's creation, the hospitality of this house. These are pure gifts"
"Joyful! Restful and renewing, peaceful and prayerful.
"The liturgies were well done. The homilies were excellent."
"Beautiful space. Magnificent views and grounds. Warm and inviting House.
If you would like to share your reflections on your experience at Eastern Point, please send them to
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