Monday, August 23, 2010

The Gift of Summer

Circle of Stones - Shipyard Beach, Duxbury
Summer has been busy, relaxing, fun, and challenging all at the same time. I decided to let this blog take a little break for most of August. I realized how long it had been when a couple of friends emailed me to ask when I was going to post again. In July I had spent a few days at Weston Priory for the feast of St. Benedict followed by a few days by the ocean. I started the month of August with a week of retreat in Duxbury. I’ve never made my annual retreat at Miramar before so although it took a bit of adjusting the retreat was wonderful. After retreat, I headed twenty minutes up the road to Marshfield where I spent a few vacation days with friends – an extended retreat of sorts. The week in July and these two weeks of retreat and vacation were pure gift.

After one very busy day back in the office, I headed to Albany, NY for another meeting with the committee that is planning the 2011 Sisters of St. Joseph U.S. Federation Event. It’s wonderful to watch this event take shape. One of the committee members compared the planning to the creation of a sculpture – and it’s true. Each member of the committee is an artist of sorts – be it graphic design, music, environment, prayer/liturgy, finances, communications, facilitation, or all the details of overall coordination. Each planning meeting is framed with prayer and although the days are long, the prayerful atmosphere of our work seems to energize us and keep is going.

The last couple of days have been typical late-August New England days. They are stark reminders that summer is winding down – good weather for transitioning back to the office. So in one way it seems that there’s nothing spectacular to write about. But in reality the gift of summer is it’s own spectacular story.
Rowboats at Shipyard Beach, Duxbury
Bridge to Duxbury Beach near sunset
Beach path - Duxbury Beach