I recently spent three days at the Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra leading a retreat for Directors of Faith Formation. As soon as I entered the grounds, I felt my soul sigh with relief for this opportunity to experience holy leisure. Trust me, I have done literally hundreds of  retreats in the past thirty years in ministry. There is simply nothing compared to leaving daily routines behind and simply “wasting time” with God. Suddenly, I can shut off my electronic devices without guilt and breathe easy again. I can give myself the gift of listening deeply to the inner Spirit who surrounds me with love. I know there are many people out there who think this sounds great but never open themselves to the experience. Others say they want to do it but are afraid of what might happen. In the words of Jesus, “Do not be afraid.” Better than an expensive vacation, the inner journey with the Holy One as your guide will be a decision you will never regret.

by DC