|View from the Conference Room patio - San Alfonso Retreat House|
This is such a peaceful place where one can be in prayer and meditation with the soft sounds of waves touching the shore; lulling you into a deeper contemplation of the Lord. It is a time to relax, reflect and be reconciled as you recharge your spiritual battery for ministry.
Our retreat director, Father John McGowan, C.Ss.R. joked that a retreat, as once described by someone from the military, was "moving forward in a different direction." I think this is a good description of what is needed for each of us in ministry - taking time to reassess, refresh and renew our efforts, so we may 'move forward in a different direction' to answering the Lord's call to 'make disciples of all nations' as we witness and bring the Word of God to the world.
May the peace of the Lord be with you always.