During the Spring break three college students gathered together with Sister Regina at the ICCC to retreat and rest in silence, prayer and friendship. Here are some of the treats granted them:
“In the midst of a busy school and work week, it’s difficult to find moments to really be still. There’s pressure to constantly be available to everyone, and it’s easy to separate life into boxes: studying, social life, prayer, chores, and rest coming last. Stuck in all of these habits, the idea of going away to pray, rest, and be in community seemed like the oasis my tired body and soul were thirsting for. Feeling like such a part of the family, going to Heart’s Home for school breaks is like going home and it is there that I feel able to come home to myself.” (Jessica A.)
"The talks given by Sr. Regina helped us to enter more deeply into the silence and our prayer. At the end of the day we had I-school. It helped me to really form my own opinions on the text and through discussion, helped me to process what had happened during the rest of the day.
I was very struck by the joy which radiated from the Sisters who were there with us at the ICCC. There was no common language among all of us- conversations constantly had to be translated; and we watched 3 beautiful films, each in a different language. Although there was no common spoken language, the language of joy and true love and concern for each other was present. It was such a blessing to be able to be on retreat at such a beautiful place with people who truly allowed me to feel at home. I was able to feel completely free- free to be myself and to be with Christ. (Lindsday W.)
“The retreat helped me remember just how present Mary is in my daily life. I have started entrusting more of my daily tasks and decisions to her and entrusting my friends to her in the Rosary. The retreat inspired me to live my life as a grad student more with my heart instead of just my head. The silence of the retreat and the ICCC gave me the space to let all my inner noise fade out and listen to God. Now everything—my conversations, homework, walks between meetings—has become much more free and full of grace. The fruit of my prayer has been multiplying because I am more open to following the Holy Spirit in each encounter and task instead of just completing a checklist.” (Katie I.)