I'm giving thanks today for the blessing of another grace-filled retreat. The Spiritual Exercises provide such an intense course in meditation. And my "backup book" was St. Louis de Montfort's Secrets of the Rosary. The stories and meditations on the mysteries of the rosary were the perfect accompaniment to the exercises.
And the setting was absolutely beautiful. San Damiano retreat house is lovely. Take a look and consider how such a setting lifts one's heart and mind to God. Have you made a retreat lately? Don't forget to set apart time for God. Think about it... you can't love someone if you don't know him. And you can't know someone if you don't spend time with him.
Remember one of the first questions in the Baltimore Catechism. "Why did God make me?"
"God made made me to know him, to love, him, and to serve him in this world and be happy with him in the next." Make a retreat with the Lord. If you can only spare a day, there are days of reflection. If you have a weekend, even better. God will not be outdone in generosity. If you give him time, he will bless you abundantly!