Oct 14 — Work Day/Hard Time is on retreat

Friday, October 14  –  Work Day/Hard Time list takes a (Jesuit) retreat week

Packing for my annual Jesuit retreat, on Connecticut’s south shore of the Long Island Sound and on the banks of The Hammonasset River, a tidal estuary with sea birds and marsh grass.  Some breathing time.

Back Sunday October 23.

Have a blest mid-October week,


john st sj

Today’s post —   Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali # 5

I ask for a moment’s indulgence to sit by thy side,
The works that I have in hand
I will finish afterwards.

Away from the sight of thy face
my heart knows no rest nor respite,
and my work becomes an endless toil
in a shoreless sea of toil.

Now is the time to sit quiet,
face to face with thee
and to sing dedication of life
in this silent and overflowing leisure.

p.s.  Here’s a tidal estuary where I go each year to be still for a while.  I happened to be standing in this place in October 2005 when my sister called my cell phone to tell me that our 102 year old mom had just died.  For me, a place of wild beauty;  the Long Island Sound plays with its shore line c. 1000 yards behind where I stood when I took this pic.

a special place for me

john sj





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