December 31, 2016

Dec. 31, 2016

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:41 pm by peachesteaberry

Well, it is the last day of the year and I have the beginnings of a spiritual plan. I am going to use the various retreat books that I have to spend most of the year in a home based retreat.

I am starting today with a 15 day intense Jesuit based Ignatian retreat. The book I am using is titled: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola: 15 day retreat in order by day & hour (illustrated). It’s by St Ignatius of Loyola & Rolf Jansen. You have 3 considerations to make the day before you start. Another of my books, The Thirty-Day Retreat in the Carmelite Tradition by Ivan Cormac Marsh, O.Carm. gives a brief talk about spiritual journaling so I intend to try to journal every day.

I haven’t made a decision on what books I’ll use for my spiritual reading. I have so many good ones to choose from. Naturally I’ll have whatever book we use for our Carmelite classes as well. I am leaning towards one of my books on St. Joseph for February in preparation for his month of devotion in March. I would like to reread at least one of my books by St. Elizabeth of the Trinity in case Mary Moore has me teach a class this year. Add to that one book by Cantalamessa and maybe a reread of one of St. Theresa of Avila & St. John of the Cross’ books to get a better grounding in Carmelite spirituality.

I am interested in writing a retreat book based on St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. I’d like to use this year to learn what makes a good retreat book from my experiences. I don’t expect to get started on it this year but I’d like to get a format / outline done. I also like the idea of doing a book along the lines of St. Benedict’s Toolbox, a  book for Benedictine oblates in post Christian nations. I think there is a hunger for spirituality that our Carmelite charism could speak to with these books. Maybe this is a way to respond to my writing inclination and whatever my vocation might be. Perhaps I can have enough study done to actually start writing for Camp Nano or Nano itself in November. That would be wonderful.