Lenten Retreat Day

Took this with my phone. Came out well, didn’t it?

I know, I’m very quiet. Sorry. It’s a quiet Lent. I feel so disinclined toward reading or writing about politics, and spiritually this has been a very stillpoint/nothing, emptying sort of Lent; often (and this may come as no surprise, to some of you) there is just nothing going on in my head. You could roll bowling balls through there and hit nothing. Drop a penny on my skull, you’ll hear an echo.

As I said, some of you may have long-suspected that to be the case.

So, another unplanned retreat day, spent with scripture and prayerbooks and mugs of hot tea. Thanks for peeking in, and for being patient. I’m sorry I have nothing to share, just now, beyond, “Be still, and know that I am God.”

But perhaps that is a message some of you need to hear, today, too, which is why it’s all I’ve got.

When I told Jesus he could have everything, including my writing, he seems to have taken me at my word.

I do hope he gives me a clue, soon, about how I am supposed to make a living! :-)

Jennifer is also in the Desert

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  • http://onachickenwingandaprayer.blogspot.com Kathy Durrett

    Being still and knowing He is God….that is HUGE for most of us. I need to understand this message. I’m working on redemption and forgiveness as well. Love your writing and thanks for sharing!

  • joseph

    Guarantee you I have many days like that but just to show that the world does not stop spinning.

    Apparently the Democrats are going to go ahead with the language that loosens up funding for abortion with public funds and have to find all kinds of parliamentary tricks to get the healthcare passed..

    In the United Nations also the Obama led team is pushing hard this week at the UN Commission on the Status of Women to push for language that weakens the family and pushes the gay/lesbian agenda.

    Hillary Clinton is scheduled to be at the Conference tomorrow and her liberal minions are pushing hard for anti family positions to be taken.

    There is developing a strong fightback as Obama is seen all over the world now as a weak effete leader and more conservative nations are fighting back against the non selsustaining and destructive policies of the liberal Europeans and the US.

  • Jennifer

    You took the words right out of my mouth. You’re not the only one experiencing such emptiness. Glad I’m not the only one either.

    God bless you richly, dear Anchoress. Even when you think you have nothing to say, what you say is so meaningful.

  • Joi

    Dear Anchoress, I will read your posts even if you never mention politics again. :) Politics is important, of course, and I do love your thoughts on the latest happenings, but it seems to either breed fanaticism/touchiness or despair in those who follow it too closely for too long…

  • newguy40

    Don’t sweat the lack of worldly inspiration.

    It sounds to me like you are doing well in your Lenten retreats. That is the important work!

  • jane

    Amen. Amen. Amen.

    God bless you!

  • omadhaun

    Strange- for the last 6 months or so-I’ve been getting this message [Ps 37 & 46] Be still! and know….
    No comments on websites-[so what am I doing now?] curtail opinions? yeah- Let “The One” be The One and stop trying to play the role myself-
    Strange time–

  • Frances

    Anchoress! Bless you!!

    I so needed to hear that. I’m so stressed out these days. 2 family emergencies in 6 days. I’m wiped! A 3 week long cold, stress at work, endless chores yada yada…

    Well, I am vacuuming the 3 story house right now while several loads of laundry are ongoing and, decided to stop. Just stop and be quiet and take a mini break. Your message was just what the Divine PHysician ordered.

    So, like Mother Teresa used to say, thanks for being God’s pencil for Him to write with.


  • Manny L.

    ‘I’m sorry I have nothing to share, just now, beyond, “Be still, and know that I am God.”’ -Anchoress

    Don’t be sorry. After a hectic and stressfull day at work and political fighting on the internet elsewhere tonight, this entry was a blessing to me. I envy you that you could have a Lenten retreat day. But to be honest, i don’t know if I could just “be still” for very long. If I can’t do a whole day, perhaps I could do a few hours one day this weekend.

  • http://victor-undergo.blogspot.com/ Victor

    Thanks for the brain wave Anchoress, there’s so much that I was going to write but God seems to have told me to slow “IT” down during Lent and stick to praying instead.

    Thanks for confirming what He’s told me. :)

    God Bless,


  • http://reflectionsofaparalytic.com Chelsea

    Is there some kind of apathetic writer’s block bug going around? I’ve been experiencing this for several months now on my own blog.

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    It’s a quiet Lent.

    It’s been a world-intruding Lent, just like it was during Advent.

    We are not in a time of peace. Rather, this is a time of high tension, divisiveness, bitter rancor.

    Are we happy now, with our hope and change? Is anyone happier today than he or she was two years ago? Is anyone’s life more tranquil, more calm, more serene, more carefree?

  • Mr. Graves

    Anchoress, I selfishly hope that you’ll be back soon. (While I read pretty often, I seldom comment, so you probably don’t know my name.) That doesn’t mean that your columns don’t lift my spirits, though.

    God bless you richly. This is hard Lent for so many folks. We need God’s peace so much — and His power to stand against the rulers of this present darkness. St. Michael, protect us!

  • Iris Celeste

    Oh Bender, don’t you know that nothing happens unless God allows it. I prayed before the election that God guide the country, that whatever was best for it should happen… I did not vote for Obama, but I keep praying for him and the Nation. I know God answers all prayers and I also know someday Obama will have a conversion, but obviously God does feel now is the time.

    Little Miss “I know there is nothing more powerful on earth than the sacrifice of the Mass” therefore I have also had Masses said for the intentions of the Guardian Angel of the USA (and the guardian angel of Obama. Don’t you think the Angel’s first and foremost intention will be the saving of Obama’s soul? And don’t you think it is Gods will and greatest desire to save every soul? Obama WILL have a conversion, but it will be in God’s time and place!) Who could know God’s will better than the Angels! (And also His MOM;)

    I’m sure the people at CNEWA when they see my name coming in with a Mass request can’t wait to see what I’m up to now…

    Be at peace, God is in Heaven, put your trust in Him and only Him!

    Iris Celeste

  • Jim Hicks

    The same depressing news day in and day out for months. We need to step back and commune with God.

    Regarding the “empty head.” Remember Jesus telling the story of a man freed of demons. Freed, yes, but no good spirit was brought in to replace the space occupied by the demon. So it returned with several buddies! If your head feels “empty” you are doing the right thing by filling it with God (and filling your body with hot tea!-I’m drinking Kusmi’s Russian Morning Tea as I write this).

    I am making sure I pray the entire 8 -fold Daily Office (I still include Prime) on Saturday and Sunday to get me through a rather hectic Lent this year. It’s only possible to do Matins, Lauds and Vespers during the work week, so I recharge the Spiritual battery on weekends.

  • Manny L.

    Hahaha, I love it Bender. I completely agree. It’s impossible to get away from this Obamacare millstone. I guess the outcome will occur before Easter, and so it will either be a glorious Easter or a bitter Lent.

    Iris, if Obama is to have a conversion, it will be just before election time. ;)

  • http://ithinkthereforeierr.wordpress.com Terri

    As an obsessive news junkie I actually gave up all internet cruising after 8am for Lent.
    It has been liberating and frustrating and allowed me a lot more time for introspection and those days of nothingness!
    I love you blog and wish you a great retreat.

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  • Emily Nelson

    I’m sure that once Lent is over and Easter has come, you will be inspired to write again.

  • Grateful

    I love you being so still…I have read your site for years and love it…first time leaving a comment.

    In your stillness you have helped me be still. And I find the Lord. Thank you for walking with me…and you do not even know me.

    Sister in Christ

  • http://www.savkobabe.blogspot.com Gayle Miller

    Being still is a good thing, dear friend, and something I try to cultivate as often as possible. Since tomorrow is predicted to be a rainy Saturday (in Lent no less), me and the kitties have declared it to be a shopping-free zone and instead, have deemed it to be a day to snooze a little later, cuddle a little more and play a little harder than usual!

    As to what is, or is not, in that head of yours, I’m sure it’s full of good and worthwhile stuff but what is most important is your kind and loving heart which you have in large supply!

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    It is rather interesting that, even in that non-technological era of 2000 years ago, where the whole country was about as busy as a modern-day lazy mid-America town, Jesus found it necessary to have to go out into the middle of the desert in order to get away from all the hustle and bustle, rather than just go hang out in his back yard.

  • TXRed

    My entire church, self included, needs to “Be still and know.” We just had a very sudden, unplanned and unpleasant change in critical personnel and the ripples and echoes have only just begun.

    May He who stilled the waters still our thoughts, at least long enough for us to discern where He wants us to go!

  • Myssi

    It has not been a quiet Lent for me. Since Ash Wednesday, I have had four friends have close family members enter hospice care. Since 2/27, I have had 7 people (3 close friends/4 coworkers of mine/1 coworker of my dear husband – yes, there’s some over lap between my friends and co-workers, but the 4 coworkers also bring added work in addition to sorrow) lose immediate family members and I’ve been to the funeral 5 times. The 6th time this weekend will be for a month old baby.
    I need reminding to be still and know that HE is God. Everytime I see Ps. 46:10, I mentally put in elipses and add Phil. 4:7 so that it reads “Be still and know that I am God…and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.”
    If I were not in Lent and constantly reminding myself that Resurrection is coming…death is defeated…I would be insane by now.

    Thanks, Elizabeth, just thanks…

  • TJ

    The empty brain sounds like the Orthodox term hesychia, inner peace or stillness. Monastics and many lay people (myself included) desire to achieve such a state. Lent is the perfect time to aspire to it. For me (maybe like you?) the big enemy of peace is politics. How to stop worrying? How to just remember that God is in charge and let it go? That is one of my goals for this Lenten season. Thank you for the reminder and for the encouragement!

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