Welcome to our Annual Summer Retreat, posted here as a mini-online retreat for you. As the woman at the well went at noon to be refreshed and gather water for the day, so we must return readily to our own Divine wellspring. Our time together will provide an opportunity to drink fully from the well that is Benedictine Spirituality.
By Sisters Mary Core and Stefanie MacDonald
We opened on Saturday with the gospel story of the woman at the well.
This, Fr. Brendan notes, is a story of encounter. It’s a story that teaches us how to find Truth.
The Samaritan woman risked sharing her truth with a stranger. She took time for the encounter.
Jesus recognized the Samaritan as she really was, and shared his truth with her.
In this exchange of truths, this woman became a prophet.
She went out and shared her discovery. People must have seen how she changed, how she now saw herself as God saw her: as a child of divine love.
The lessons here are important for everyone. We need to be prepared for – and to welcome – encounter.
In other words, interruption.
This means making time for the encounters we face. Making time for reflection, that we can really learn from the discoveries we make.
It also means not letting the past dictate how we react. We need to put aside judgments of others – and ourselves! – in order to really be present to those we encounter.
Because the Divine is in all, and Truth is readily available … especially in and through the encounters we have with one another.