Holy Cross Priory Chapel
Whenever I hear the words "time out" I immediately think that someone is being punished for doing or saying something inappropriate. The phrase and action is most often associated with young children. But it does not have to be that way. So I am in a time out. My time out is utterly pleasant and relaxing. I am taking a time out of my real life and enjoying a quiet retreat. The focus that I have given myself is mindfulness.
It is easy to enjoy the time out when you are living with a community. So for one week, I have retreated to the Holy Cross Priory to be quiet, mindful and prayerful. It was while I was talking with one of the Brothers that I began to ponder what this community means. It is more than an escape, more than time out of time, more than prayer. It is a place of belonging to re-group, re-focus and re-connect, not merely with the community but with ones self.
I have always found a great comfort in being