“Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.”
Dear Companions on the Lenten Journey,
It is in the quiet spaces that we seek and find God. So much of our faith life as a community is based on gathering for study, worship, and ministry – all wonderful and blessed activity. Lent gives us the opportunity and encouragement to follow the way of Jesus into a particular kind of rest and experience of God’s presence, resting with the source of all our strength for a dedicated time away.
We are blessed with a number of quiet places in or near our diocese: the St. Marguerite House at Community of St. John Baptist in Mendham; Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center in Port Murray; and the Guest House at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY. Each offers a unique way to enter God’s presence on our own or with a group.
If you do not have a quiet day or retreat scheduled this Lent, you are invited to find the time. Start by looking for a finite time, whether a few hours, a day, or overnight. Once you find the time and decide on a location, then go. Go and be blessed by what God has for you.
You have my prayers for the rest, strength, wisdom, and joy found in quiet spaces.
Grace and peace,