Into the Silence, A Summer Retreat Experience
This summer, Camp Ondessonk expanded its offerings by adding a self-guided silent retreat. This retreat allowed participants to reflect and grow in their relationship with God in silence and nature at their own pace receiving suggested meditations and times for spiritual direction. As Deacon Tom Powers describes, “A silent retreat is a unique opportunity to be alone with your heart and mind and to turn that into prayer. It can be challenging, but it is wonderful to disconnect and listen for that small voice of God.” On July 17th, two retreatants took on the challenge of entering into silence for the weekend under the direction of Deacon Tom. Retreatants would gather for meals together where they would receive their next round of suggested meditations from taking on the trails or walking around the lake for time alone. There were a few moments of gathering for the Liturgy of the Hours and Mass together when the silence could be broken and share in communal prayer. Having time in silence when there is so much noise in the world helped participants to explore their faith in a safe environment surrounded by people who supported their journey. Camp Ondessonk hopes to continue expanding retreat offerings through another silent retreat and our Walking with God Retreat in November.