God’s Providence saw to it that we were blessed this December with a mini-retreat day featuring Father Greg Cleveland, OMV (author of Awakening Love). While in the Knoxville Diocese as the keynote speaker at the Celebrate Consecrated Life 2017 events, including an appreciation dinner, a mini-parish retreat and talks to active religious Sisters serving in the diocese, Father Greg was able to stay at Cor Jesu Monastery. This gave him the opportunity to speak to us on using Ignatian Spirituality in reflecting on the Song of Songs.
A further element of God’s care and providence was that while Father was at our monastery giving conferences on the Song of Songs, we received his book “Awakening Love” as a gift from our Amazon Wish List for books in the mail. He was kind enough to leave us a note in the book, which has yet to hit the library shelves as it is already in Sisters’ hands. We thank Father Greg for his beautiful conferences and Sister Mary Charles, RSM for arranging the possibility of his visit as well as the Knights of Columbus and the many volunteers who made this celebration for the whole diocese possible. It was wonderful to participate from our cloister and add our prayers to those so indebted to the work of the Sisters throughout the area.