Next week (8 – 14 August) I will be on retreat at the small Trappist Monastery on the Dutch Island of Schiermonnikoog.

A week of silence. Balm for the soul.

A reporter once asked Mother Teresa of Calcutta,

“When you pray, what do you say to God?

She smiled and replied,

“When I pray I don’t speak to God, I listen.”

Undeterred by that answer, the journalist continued to ask:

“And what does God say to you then?

” God says nothing, God listens. “

And,” she added,

“if you don’t understand, I can’t explain it to you.”

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Here’s an impression of the two island communities: Cistercian and Carmel.

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