I have recently returned from a silent retreat at Loyola House in Guelph, Ontario Canada. It was pure gift to be able to spend time in silence and at times solitude. God’s creation abounded on these 650 acres of land. Springtime was peeking out from all corners of the earth after a long winter. Retreats have a way of breaking open those parts of our soul that are sometimes left unattended, unexamined. We make sacred space for God, a sacred pause. We concentrate our prayers and efforts to that place in our lives that needs the most work, the most breakthroughs. Too often, in daily life, we’re overwhelmed with sensory distractions and can’t hear the voice of God. Retreats are a time away from our normal activities to spend time getting reacquainted with God. It could be a day, a weekend or a week that we set aside. This all happens in the context of grace because God is longing for our attention.