I recently had the opportunity to direct a retreat at the Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester, MA. I always enjoy returning to this place of peace and silence and beauty to accompany retreatants in making their 8-day retreat.
The retreat house is on spacious grounds, looking out over the Atlantic Ocean. There is something about spending time at the ocean that encourages openness and reflection. Whether it’s lounging at the beach on a lazy summer day or praying on the rocks that spread out along this coastline, time away from one’s daily routine by the sea allows people to recharge their batteries and reflect on the important things in their life.
A spiritual retreat gives retreatants time to focus on their relationship with God and how that influences their day to day life. It also gives them the opportunity reflect on how God is calling them to grow as individuals and as people of faith.
Are there spiritual practices that you incorporate into your life that help you to live a more faithful and spirit-filled life?
“Let everyone who thirsts come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat!…Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?…Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live.” (Isaiah 55:1-3)