Wednesday's Westions

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Wednesday's Westions
Tue, 03-15-2005 - 10:32pm

If you were going on a solitary mountain retreat for 20 years and could only take:

  • one book (in addition to the Bible, of course)
  • one actual saint (from any period of time)
  • one music CD
  • one religious knick-knack/relic

what would they be?

p.s. I wanted to rhyme with Wednesday. LOL And I'm posting on Tuesday, but tomorrow is going to be filled with visits, so ...



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Tue, 03-15-2005 - 11:31pm

A solitary mountain retreat for 20 years I would take:

one book (+ bible) The Faith of our Early Fathers (all three vols)Or a song book.

one actual saint: St. Huburt of Liege (he is the patron st of hunters, at least I would be fed...physically and spiritually)

one music CD: Mercy Me (only b/c I'm listening to it right now! lol)

one religious knick-knack/relic: I can make a cross, so I'll choose an image of Jesus that I love to talk to, cook with and eat with. It's hanging in my kitchen where all our friends and loved ones gather: the laughing Jesus

Edited 3/16/2005 1:02 pm ET ET by kimberly_sahm
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Wed, 03-16-2005 - 4:07pm

20 years?!! I'll be 62 when I come out of there! I do just fine on 2-3 day long retreats, not sure I could go for more than a week or two. But since you ask. . .

I'll take St. Patrick for companionship, and not because his day is tomorrow. He knew what it was like to find God in solitude, which will be a big help.

I'll bring my rosary from Lourdes. It's gorgeous and will be a reminder of the beauty human imagination and hands can render.

My CD will be U2's "Achtung Baby."

Just *one* book? Maybe "The Cloister Walk" by Kathleen Norris or "The Holy Longing" by Ronald Rolheiser. Or maybe something non-religious, like "The House of Mirth" or "The Age of Innocence" by Edith Wharton, or one of Jan Karon's books, though they might want to make me come right off that mountain.