For me, our annual retreat is the most important time of the year. I always look forward to mine, pray for others I know are in retreat, and urge everyone to plan their retreats first and the rest of the summer around the retreat. My retreat will be from August 4-13 and I am again going to the retreat house on the ocean of the Sisters of the Holy Names in Santa Cruz. I love being on the ocean and love the sound of the surf. It is a sacred place for me and I think the deep peace I find there lasts all year.
Now, another quote from The Joy of the Gospel: