Friday, March 27, 2009

a brief retreat...

This morning John and I & the 7 youngest took a drive over to Maria Stein. The weather was just beautiful for a stroll through the woods there at the Spiritual Center. It's been since last summer that we were last there, and I was amazed at all the changes going on. Wow! We always like to take the rosary path through the woods, and were pleasantly surprised to find the trails now paved with concrete sidewalk. There were 1/2 dozen or more new concrete grottos, not yet complete, along the path. I'll be anxious to see what they have in store for them. The kids love to splash there hands in the water of the Respect Life Memorial (which is just beautiful!) I could be wrong, but I also thought the outdoor stations had newly built wooden displays. Everything is just looking amazing and beautiful. I suspect we'll be visiting more often as the weather stays warm just to see how things continue to progress. For those who've never been, the Spiritual Center and retreat house have beautiful woods with trails, complete with Rosary walk, Outdoor Stations, a pond with bridge, and many places throughout for quiet reflection. It's located right behind the Maria Stein Center and Shrine of the Holy Relics which is another must-visit. What a great way to spend an hour, an afternoon, or maybe someday even a weekend retreat. It's on my wish-list somewhere!

4 comments:

4prettybabies said...

My daughter's 4th grade religion class just visited there yesterday. It's such a beautiful, peaceful place. We'll have to visit more often. I'm glad you enjoyed your time there!

wife, mother and so much more! said...

I was wondering why you and your family wasn't at the KofC luncheon. I bet that you all just really enjoyed yourselves there, it is a beautiful place (I could do without the big stainless steal cross, though)
Next year I will invite you to a Mother's Retreat (w/Fr. Amburger)that is held there, it's usually the first week of Lent.

You'll need to take a look at the stations behind the Relic Chapel outside in the courtyard--they were originally St. Augustine's stations until renovations.

jamie said...

Amy, I'd love to hear about the Mother's retreat.
We went to Buds for lunch instead...John's brother was in town from Alabama so we were able to catch up with the family there.

wife, mother and so much more! said...

Bud's sounds so much better than what we ate--chicken (pretty soggy) beans and dried cake.