My silent retreat started Thursday evening. Before the silence starts, the 71 men had supper. I thoroughly enjoyed the meal with my two brothers, who accompanied me on retreat.
As I was sitting down, a hand rested on my shoulder and a man said, "It's nice to see you here, Grand Master." It was Brother Dave Seitz, who has been making retreats with the Jesuits for many years. You just never know when or where you'll run into a brother!
The silence and rest and reflection were most welcome this year. Now, of course, the trick is to keep that sense of reverence as I go back to my family, work and fraternity.
Thank you to all the Brothers who remembered me and my brothers in prayer over the weekend. I knew you were with me.