Posting again, having returned from the retreat and - I hope - sobered up after a binge of wallowing in political blogs (as I said at the start, my politics are very much to the Right; I am also, at heart, more than ordinarily partisan, though I try to keep it under control; so the Republican convention, the Bush bounce, and the CBS forgery scandal were overly heady).
Getting back to reality...Thank you, anyone who was praying for me during the retreat. It was a completely new and unique experience for me. I have tried, but I cannot find words to describe exactly what it was like. What can I say about it? Firstly, it was brought home to me that God is real - more than that, He is Reality. Compared with Him, everything else in existence is froth and flummery; if it comes between Him and me, it must be put aside. Secondly, I am much more imbued with pride than I thought I was. Thirdly, by far the best part of the whole weekend was the time assigned to me in the middle of the night for solitary Eucharistic adoration; again, words fail me, so all I can say is that it was so right
to be alone in the presence of our Lord.
Will I go again? Very likely.
BTW, this past Wednesday, September 15, was the 14th anniversary of the day that the Human Bride and I joined our lives together. These past 14 years have been, absolutely, positively, and unequivocally (can I put it any stronger?) the BEST
years of my life, thanks to her, and to the good Lord who brought us together and has filled our marriage with grace.