• December 6, 2011

A Breathtaking One-Day Spiritual Journey

Sakina Boukhaima, who attended the last retreat preached by Heart’s Home founder, Fr. Thierry de Roucy, at the retreat facility in upstate New York, shares her expe­ri­ence:

“Though I did not know exactly what to expect, I was full of expec­ta­tions on my way to the Heart’s Home Center in the Catskills. And I can tell you right now that I was not dis­ap­pointed at all. Only two hours after we left Manhattan, we found our­selves driving along a small scenic road with a few farms dis­played here and there.

We were very warmly wel­comed by the com­mu­nity who had taken care of every­thing for the orga­ni­za­tion of the day. Believe it or not, we started with some music and dance by watching a DVD of John Neumeier’s chore­og­raphy: Matthew’s Passion by J.S Bach. It was breath­taking and it worked, bringing us deeply and directly into the heart of the sub­ject. It was fol­lowed by the Good Shepperd teaching in the Gospel of St John. I would have never known how rich and mean­ingful this very simple text was. It gave words to some deep and silent feel­ings that I had deep inside me. Our spir­i­tual journey con­tinued with a time of Adoration that took place in the small and lovely chapel located within the house. Eventually, the day ended with an informal talk related to the Mystery of the agony of Jesus Christ.

This spir­i­tual day would not have been so com­plete without the help of some down-to-earth ele­ments that have to be men­tioned here: the deli­cious meal cooked (with lots of love, I am sure) by the two sis­ters, the warm atmo­sphere of the house and the beau­tiful land­scapes which we admired while having a walk out­side after lunch.

Throughout this whole won­derful day, during which some new friend­ships were born, I was spir­i­tu­ally and culi­narily pam­pered.”

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