On November 30th, the Norbertine community was treated to a wonderful day of recollection, given by Rev. Francis Doyle, O.S.A. This presentation, held in our Divine Word Chapel, focused on the coming of our Lord, in this holy season of Advent. Fr. Doyle, blessed us with his spiritual wisdom and insight during the two daily conferences, and he also provided us with some spiritual food for thought, in the form of questions to ponder, during the quiet reflective times of this special day.
The highlight of this day of recollection for me was the sharing of the individual reflections from my confreres; a time of illumination for sure, on a spiritual idea or phrase, that really resonated with them from the earlier talks. Days of recollection allow us to slow down from our busy day, to properly center our hearts and minds on the splendor of God, the Church calendar, and the blessings of community life. Once this day of recollection is over, I find the talks and sharing of that day continue to bear fruit, as I journey deeper into the mystery of this blessed season.
I’m already looking forward to our Lenten day of recollection, but first, I’ll enjoy the coming weeks that lead up to the glory of our incarnational Lord and Savior. God Bless!