I went on retreat with my husband for 4 days at a Trappist monastery in Georgia. I wish to share some of it with all who read my blog. This first part is also a podcast if you would like to listen to it at Finding God in the Everyday. - Colleen
I was feeling exhausted. Overwhelmed. Stressed. Working too hard in all areas of my life, I was pretty much burned out. I had been running on empty for far too long. I kept praying that I would get the rest I needed during my upcoming vacation.
We started our vacation with a retreat. I had wanted to end with the retreat, hoping it would send me home in a peaceful frame of mind. However, we couldn’t get the dates to work out right so on day one of our trip, we drove up to a Trappist monastery in Georgia to begin a retreat on the Eucharist. I couldn’t wait to get there.
We arrived a little too early so we stopped at the Catholic gift store they have there. There were a lot of books there, so naturally I gravitated to that section of the store. I looked at one of the first shelves of books I saw and a little book grabbed my attention.
It was called, “The Art of Pausing, Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed.”(by Judith Valente, Brother Paul Quenon and Michael Bever)
Honest. I am not kidding.
I quickly thumbed through it and just knew I had to have it. So I bought it and it has brought me comfort and fed my soul.
I am still reading it. A little at a time. There is no need to rush.
So, if I ever think that God does not care about the little bitty stuff I go through in my daily life, I just need to remember that day.
And that book.