Depends on the Retreatant ( by Carley Evans )

My son and I see Emilio Estevez’ new film THE WAY at the local ‘artsy’ theatre. The film is set around a father venturing to complete the Camino de Santiago de Compostela — the Way of St James — pilgrimage for his son, who dies on the first leg of the journey. In the film, as in real life, the father is Emilio’s own father — Martin Sheen.

The film is quite beautiful, and moving for me as a Christian. Not to spoil it for those of you who may want to see it, suffice it to say that the scene in the Cathedral of St. James is — for me, at least — extraordinary.

I’ve had experiences of a similar nature at a local abbey here in the Low Country — Mepkin. A retreat at Mepkin Abbey, whether it’s one day or a week, can be a life-changing experience. The quiet — you take a mini-vow of silence — is both deafening and revealing. Attending the Liturgy of the Hours — the Divine Office — can be staggering or not. Much depends upon the retreatant.

Soon, Mepkin hosts its Festival of the Creche, a huge display of nativities from all over the world. Christmas is in the air, and it’s not even All Saints’ Eve!

If you’d like to visit Mepkin, ask the Guestmaster.

8 thoughts on “Depends on the Retreatant ( by Carley Evans )

  1. […] Depends on the Retreatant – a day or week at Mepkin Abbey. Rate this: Share this:FacebookDiggRedditStumbleUponLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. […]

  2. lambskinny says:

    Thank you Michael! You should consider a stay at the abbey!

  3. Debbie says:

    For 10 years I spent a week each spring and a week each fall at Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey where I grew to know and love the Sisters, their silence, and praying the hours – beginning at 3:45a.m,
    It was an amazing experience for this Protestant woman. I miss it now that I live so far away and would recommend a spiritual retreat to all.
    Thanks, Carley.

    • lambskinny says:

      Debbie,
      I also highly recommend a spiritual retreat! Mepkin Abbey is obviously a monastery for monks rather than sisters, but everyone is welcome!
      Thanks; and God bless you!
      Carley

  4. lambskinny says:

    Good morning, M.T. Thanks so much! Carley

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