A couple of folks at my parish suggested tonight (and offered to help arrange) that I go to a shindig the Benedictines near my town. Just perusing their website, I’ve really become enamored of these guys and, for someone new to all this especially, a really incredible opportunity. A couple of questions for y’all:
- Never having gone on a retreat or anything like it, I’m wondering if there are some general pointers I should keep in mind so that I can get the most out of the experience. This is just a two day, overnight thing, with a wine/cheese New Year’s celebration, plus Mass, vespers, Confession (which I’m not yet qualified for), and opportunities to chat with the monks about life at the abbey.
- I’m really worried that I’m not going to want to leave. I’m not even in communion yet, so my odds of being accepted on the spot as a postulant are pretty slim. This sounds like a trite concern, but I really do worry about this. Surely, I’m not the only one, right? My question is: what do I do- try to subdue this thought? I mean, on the one hand, it’s silly to be considering all this when I’m just now getting my feet wet with this Catholic thing and may just be suffering some of the usual converts over-enthusiasm. On the other, wouldn’t it be just as bad to push this out of my head entirely and potentially miss my vocation? Or should I just shut up and be grateful that I get to spend New Year’s drinking champagne in a monastery?