Friday, July 8, 2011

Silence--Can I do it?

Got my Carmel Retreat Schedule today. This sort of jumped out at me.

7:00 - 7:15 PM Friday (BEGIN SACRED SILENCE)

6:30 - 7:20 PM Saturday

Question Box – silence broken;
related to prayer & conference

12:00-1:00 PM Sunday


So we're not talking to anyone during the retreat, not even during our meals? Is it even possible for "Chatty Abby" to go 46 hours without talking to anyone? Um, particularly when I'm around my dearest Carmelite friends?

This is going to be interesting--but I'm up for the challenge.


  1. You can do it! :) I wish I could be there. Are they having somebody read during meals? That's what they do at the convent I was discerning with for awhile.

    I'll be praying for you! :)

  2. I bet you will be surprised at how much you love it. And you will be amazed at how much easier it is to hear the small still voice of God when you have silence. I attended a silent retreat two years ago, and I truly treasure that time. We were not even supposed to thank someone for opening a door for us. The priest said you can't tell what work God might be doing with that person and we wouldn't want to be the one to interrupt that work. He asked that we not even engage eye contact, so we practiced what the priest called "modesty of eyes" and cast our eyes downward when we would pass by another retreatant. When the retreat ended, it was very difficult to reenter the noisy world in which we live. God bless- I'll be praying for you!

  3. I'm a big talker too and I was so worried when I did my 1st silent retreat. It wasn't hard after all and I think it really helped me focus on the Lord. BTW I talked at confession we sang and did the responses at Mass and other things like that so it wasn't so silent.

  4. Once I made my first 8 day silent retreat, I never want to make any other kind. It compromises my precious time with the Lord too much to be making conversation all the time. I am asking Elizabeth of the Trinity to blessyou & your way-above-average husband who swapped with you for this wkend!

  5. You can do it! I'll keep you in my prayers.

    I hope it ends up being a refreshing and renewing experience.

  6. Silence - sounds wonderful! What do you do with the kids?