I am in the second week of summer vacation, and I am exhausted. I have no one to blame but myself. My husband calls it “event fatigue”. I have overscheduled the girls with daily swim lessons, play-dates, movies, and adventures. For those of you, who have been part of these activities, do not get me wrong. The girls have had a blast, but their 46 year old Mama needs some rest.
Fortunately, this past weekend I had the opportunity to step away from my ordinary life and focus on my spiritual one. I attended a “Christ Renews His Parish” weekend. With the exception of the deacon and priests, it was an all-women event. CRHP (pronounced ‘chirp’) is a weekend designed to help parishioners grow together in their faith. The team who led the weekend was from a neighboring parish, they were awesome. Their talks and activities focused on the Scripture, especially the New Testament, the Good News of Jesus Christ.
At the beginning of the weekend, the team purposely did not give us a schedule as we could sit back, relax, and watch the weekend unfold. For a planner like me I thought I would have a difficult time with this; however I actually found it relaxing. The group of ladies at my table was wonderful, all so different with unique talents.
The retreat was held of the Sunday of Corpus Christi so it seems only fitting that the theme came from the First Letter of Corinthians 12: 12:
As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.
When I arrived home on Sunday evening, I came across a miraculous find, my Mother’s gold cross and chain that she received as a Confirmation gift over sixty years ago. My Mother died when I was twelve so this keepsake had special meaning to me. Last summer, I had lost the necklace while attending a home schooling conference. I was sick about the loss. My husband and I have both used this suitcase several times this past year, however it was when I returned from “Christ Renews His Parish” weekend that I found it.
Coincidence? I think not…what do you think?
Here I am wearing the cross last summer when Bumblebee was baptized.