I did not give any particular thought to the dates except to fit something into my schedule that also worked on the Abbey's schedule. I recently realized that this will be a good weekend for a retreat. Friday, June 3, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. This is also the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. (Tomorrow's blog will cover that topic.) Saturday, June 4, is the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Sunday, June 5, is the 17th anniversary of my ordination to the diaconate. It will be a blessing to celebrate these events during the course of the retreat.
Please keep the women of northern Colorado who are participating in this retreat in your prayers this weekend. Please include me as well. These opportunities to step aside from the daily routines of life and focus our attention on God can bring immense blessings to our spiritual journey. I pray that this weekend will be just that type of experience for all involved.