Full course description
Every summer, the Institute of Christian Spirituality offers an individually directed Ignatian retreat on the beautiful campus of Spring Hill College. In the busy rush of daily life, a silent retreat offers a quiet oasis for contemplative time, where the still, small voice of God can be heard. A directed retreat requires an environment of silence and builds on personal prayer and mindfulness. Each retreatant meets daily with a spiritual director, but there are no conferences and no group interaction. It is an opportunity for a person to be alone with God, allowing “the Creator to deal directly with the creature,” in hearing God’s call and responding with generosity. The director will usually assign scripture passages for the individual to pray or guide the retreatant in some other form of prayer. Three or four formal periods of prayer, from a half to a full hour, are recommended. Retreatants also spend informal times during the day, walking the campus, reflecting or journaling on their prayer experience and discerning how God is touching their life.