My internet pal Mark Mossa SJ is off on a retreat with his Jesuit brothers who are nearing ordination. Some of you who have been reading my blog for a while may remember that when he went on a silent retreat a last summer I made the ultimate sacrifice of talking more for an entire week to ensure that his retreat would be fruitful for him.
Luckily this retreat isn't a silent retreat. (I don't think mrangelmeg could stand another week of my incessant chatter even if it were for as good a cause as someone's vocation). Instead of extra talk as my intention this retreat I have decided that I am going to offer a bit of silent restraint. As I have children to take care of, and I have to visit my mom on Thursday, and class over the weekend I won't be able to be completely silent. I will try as best I can though, to only speak, when what I have to say will improve on the silence. And when I am not speaking I will be in silent prayer, contemplating all of those intentions that I should be praying for, including Mark's and other friends who have asked for prayers, as well as the causes that I support.
So Mark, I hope your retreat brings you all that you need to strengthen your long journey to the priesthood. My week should at least bring me some much needed rest for my vocal chords, and a lot of time to pray and think.