I found this article on Catholic retreat centers as a chance for relaxation to be interesting by what it leaves out. The religion ghost in this story did not come out to haunt. We get an architectural review of one center, and the arts and crafts available, but nothing whatsoever on any any kind of spirituality at tall. Though to be fair this is the state of many retreat centers anyway.
ah-ha-ha Jeff, not so fast! Sure she mentions spirituality, well, sort-of! From the article I quote: “a labyrinth for prayer, mediation and quiet reflection.
Oh, here’s another almost reference:
“inSPIRational books” almost a reference to Spirit!
Militantly non-descript – That is probably the way these sisters (this place has got to be run by some order of [generally geriatric] nuns) want it! Wouldn’t want anyone to convert to the faith as a result of spending time at the Center of Renewal! – a clever title forming the acronym COR – heart – so is it the Immaculate Heart or the Sacred Heart? Oh, no, nothing like that, no religion please, we’re nuns!
Catholic Retreat Centres, retreating from catholicism.
somehow, I think arts and crafts are involved somewhere…
Anyone seeking spirtual renewal should log check out http://www.malvernrereat.com. The Malvern retreat house in Philadelphia’s Main Line is the world’s only lay-owned Catholic retreat facility. Past retreat masters include Archbishop Fulton Sheen and Fr. Benedict Groeshel, and in 2006 will have Dr. Scott Hahn and Johnette Bankovic.