Sunrise on My Retreat

One morning during our community retreat I was captured by the beauty of the sunrise and the fresh, deep blue sky. The scripture verse came to mind about the “first streaks of dawn” and the “morning star rising in your hearts” (1 Pt. 1:19). The song “Lord of All” rang through my head to praise and thank Him for what I saw. As a result, this came from my heart to share:


More memories from our retreat:

Paolo and Gracie also take more time for meditation during retreat.


Fr. Peter Hammett, OSB from St. Joseph’s Abbey in Covington, LA gave our eight day retreat.


The stand placed in front of the altar in our choir with the Novena petitions sent in for our prayers. St. Therese is watching over them valiantly as she presents them before God’s holy throne in heaven.


Fr. Peter, OSB wanted to try out our bells before Mass. He had fun!

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  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this most beautiful of postings “Sunrise on my Retreat”. You brought back so many memories of sunrises at Marylake during my novitiate!! As I was watching, all I could think of was Psalm 148 from tomorrow’s Morning Prayer: “Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights, praise him all you his angels, praise him all you his host. Praise him sun and moon, praise him, shining stars, praise him, highest heavens and the waters above the heavens…” The psalm in English loses in translation…. It is far more beautiful in Hebrew. But regardless of the language, this is what we were born to do: Praise, praise, and praise once again. You are in my prayers and please keep me in yours.


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      Thank you so much for your kind comment, Raul! I can only imagine the sunrises at Marylake. Yes, we are made to praise Him, in good things and in bad. One is easier than the other, though, right? Under that blue sky it was very easy.

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