Here’s some thoughts from people who attended the MIW—
When I headed for the Abbey on Friday, I was excited and a little afraid. I
looked forward to the Offices and silent prayer. The one thing I didn’t
expect is the impact you, my Holy Cross family, would have. For a couple of
days you got me up when I wanted to sleep in. You walked with me through
the rain. You sat with me in choir and in the Retreat Center Chapel. You
were the brothers and sisters I didn’t know I had. When I remember this
retreat over the years, I will remember my Holy Cross family and the love
and support you brought.
Thomas S. Gill
In the Trappist tradition I will be concise in my comment(s) about the weekend. So here goes – WOW!
Ok, ok I need more words so let me start with thank you. When you asked for comments I couldn’t think of much of anything I would have changed. There was a great balance of tradition, accommodation and contemplation. I will indeed cherish my shirt and crucifix. I am likely going to keep it in a prominent location to remind me of my experience. This morning I woke up at 3am, not to the lilting tone of a Tibetan prayer bowl, but to the memory. I smiled, and went back to sleep. I will keep the memory of the weekend with me forever.
Andrea Hattler Bramson
Solitude in my room to read and pray was enjoyable. This I have done in my
previous Christian upbringing. What makes it more rich now is the tools
and the discipleship the church is offering to grow deeper in my fellowship
with the Lord. This is what I should say *I’m discovering* in the Holy
Cross Abbey. In short, there is gold mine here!!
One unique experience was being together with our brother monks to pray,
sing and listening someone reading the scriptures in Abbey’s Church. It was
spiritually encouraging. It aligned my faith from sleep toward enjoying God
early in the morning. It was wonderful and a privilege to speak briefly with Fr. Pascal. He
shared with me some of his wisdom after his speech. Never seen a monk face
to face let alone someone like him who has such a great sense of humor.
Our last day lunch with the Abbot and other monks was helpful. There was no
barrier and we had the chance to mingle, talk and ask questions. John Ganjian
I enjoyed everything….Found the life stories of Sister Cathy and Brother Aelred particularly impactful. The face-to-face interactions with the monks are precious. Daily offices are formative. The whole experience is deeply formative. I feel I have a much better understanding of complative life and monasticism. The fellow participants’ rich life experiences are also very valuable. Thank you! Can’t wait for another retreat….Hanna Zhu
I’d like to add my sincere thanks. This was indeed an unforgettable and life changing weekend. It was a true blessing from God. To experience this with you good people was better than I could have possibly imagined, and more than I deserve. Rick Barnes