After a year of the American lifestyle, I’m exhausted. I don’t want an American vacation because that simply seems to be more exhausting. Vacation? Great let’s go water skiing, camping, rock climbing, white water rafting, and after that we’ll go to a theme park, the beach and have a complete social schedule of cook outs and pool parties. Don’t forget, the kids need to go to soccer camp, volleyball camp, Christian camp, vacation Bible school, and they can’t neglect their piano lessons, voice coaching, extra tutoring and all the activities at church. Geesh, no wonder Americans rule the world. They never stop!
I don’t want a vacation. Keep your vacations. I’m headed for a retreat. Where I would really like to go is Skellig Michael. Have you ever heard of Skellig Michael? It’s a rocky island off the coast of Ireland.
Monks first went there in the 500s Look at the stairway they built out of stone to get up to the top of the island.
They lived in little beehive, igloo-like huts of stone they hacked out of the island. The monks then survived a Viking raid in the 800′s and then abandoned the place in the 1100s.
I’m not really going there. They don’t have electricity. How would I blog?
I do believe, however, that places like Skellig Michael will crop up again. In the midst of our decadent, atheistic and despairing society only asceticism, monasticism and prayer will succeed. Europe especially, needs monasticism like never before.
I’ll never be a monk (they stretched the rules to let me be a priest, but I doubt if they’ll stretch them further to let me move into a monastery with wife and kids) but I can pray and you can pray. We can support the monasteries that are being resurrected and built afresh.
We can also decide to skip the vacation this year and go on retreat or pilgrimage instead. That’s what I’m planning to do.