“Come now, you poor creature, turn your back on your busyness for a little while. For a few moments leave the tumult of your thoughts; throw off the burden of your cares and put aside your wearisome occupations.” – St. Anselem in Proslogion
This is just what I’ve done. I’ve turned my back on my busyness and all the striving to please others, please myself, please God. I’ve come away to St. Joseph Abbey in Covington LA for a 48 hour personal retreat with my monk brothers. I sit now in my stone cell cloistered from the distractions of the world meditating on the Lord’s words to Martha. Words spoken so long ago but so relevant to our present day, so relevant to our mad, rushing lives and so relevant to my present life.
Although the 4 hour drive has successful gotten me away from the busyness of my routine the thing I can’t escape, without Your help, is my worries, my anxious thoughts, the tumult of my runaway mind. I pray Your Spirit, the melodic chant of my monk brothers and these silent stone walls will quiet my thoughts.