Last year about this time, I went on a four-day retreat at the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur and was surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. For an extrovert it was a little unnerving at first to be at a monastery where silence was required most of the time. As the days went by and I was joining the Benedictine monks in their daily rhythms of prayer, Eucharist and Adoration, I began to melt into the silence and solitude offered to me. I allowed myself to rest in God and be loved by God with a closeness and tenderness. On retreat our director shared this beautiful homily by Pope Francis in which he urges us to pray for the grace to allow ourselves to be loved by God!