A collection of quotes read and heard that I wrote down during the retreat.
"...it's when I am with people that I am lonely, and when I am alone I am no longer lonely."
--Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas
"The Word of God is a light to the mind and a fire to the will."
--St. Lawrence of Brindisi, from his sermons for Lent
"I cannot think what harsher curse I could call down upon a man than that he should always get what he asks for when he tears away from sweet repose out of a curiosity which revels in restlessness."
--St. Bernard of Clairvaux, On Conversion, a Sermon to Clerics (trans. Bernard Saïd, OSB) (In my margin it says, "like when you realize you've been surfing Wikipedia articles for 20 minutes".)
"Grammar is not for me. I am a free dancer. Life begins beyond the rules. I am a free dancer."
--Foreign born, not so young Trappist opening an Amazon box containing a book of English grammar, after explaining, in perfect English, that he now has to learn English.
"I think it is likely that much of the restless boredom, frantic escapism, commitment phobia, and enervating despair that plagues us today is the ancient demon of acedia in modern dress."
--Kathleen Norris, Acedia & Me
"Luminous beings are we; not this crude matter!"
--retreatant waiting for the dishwasher, quoting Yoda in half-mockery of the taped lecture we heard during the meal.
The tools of retreat: The Sacred Scriptures, breviary, rosary, and journal.