Father Ed White, pastor of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Renton, WA
January 28, 2019 Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I highly recommend spending time at Marymount Hermitage in Mesa, Idaho. I have had the privilege of staying three weeks in this extraordinary landscape flowing with silence and solitude. The sky "declares the glory of God" here on this high desert plateau surrounded by mountains. I have experienced rest like never before, especially since becoming a seminarian and ordination as a priest in 2005. It was a chance to pray in ways I don't get in the busy parish where I serve. It was a chance also to read in a more leisurely way. There is a new library here filled with icons, a gas fireplace and the convenience of Wi-Fi. (Coffee is also available!)
The landscape beckons hearty walks and snowshoeing. I feel refreshed and renewed. Thank you to Sister Beverly for holding down the fort of solitude for the Church here in the Northwest. We need solitude, especially if we think we are too busy to take time for it.
To my brother priests, remember that self-care should be up there with Sanctify, Teach and Govern as priorities for your life. As Mother Teresa's spiritual director insisted, "If you don't take care of yourselves, who will care for the poor?" "Come aside awhile and pray", says Our Lord. I say that you won't regret it. The hardest part is leaving. As Dr. Tom Curran says regarding adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, "Stay until you don't want to leave." I'm there. May many come to find Christ here in the desert of Marymount.
Editor’s Note: See the newsletter for February, 2019 on this website under the section of NEWS! for more photos of Father Ed White’s retreat at Marymount Hermitage in Mesa, ID.
By Father Christopher Viscardi, S.J.
July 24, 2013
Jesuit Father Christopher Viscardi is from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL.
He teaches, is head of the Theology Department, and does Hispanic ministry in the area.
Photo taken after Mass at Marymount Hermitage July 6, 2013.
As a Jesuit, living as a “contemplative in action” is a very familiar phrase, but it is also a constant challenge. Priestly ministry among the Hispanic immigrant community, along with the pastoral and teaching ministry at Spring Hill College, keep me as engaged and on-call as many of our graduates who are now struggling to combine healthy family lives with the demands of their professions or of corporate America.
And so the words of our superior general, Fr. Nicolas, after last year’s international gathering of Jesuit leaders at Nairobi, caught my attention: “…one of the primary challenges facing the Society today is that of recovering the spirit of silence.”
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By Father Jim Lee
May 1, 1996
As I sit here on my fourth day of a retreat began late because of pastoral responsibilities in my parish—a sudden drowning of a couple's only two children—I listen to the symphony of wind, birds and silence, and I realize that only now am I beginning to truly enter my retreat. It is Wednesday, a day of Great Silence for deeper solitude and more time for personal prayer.
So Lauds are private and Mass is later this evening and it feels like a holiday! It is also May 1st, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, the beginning of Mary's month.
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