Some of you might know me. I am Lynn Monty, the new communications manager for The Society of Saint Edmund. I have been back on campus for a few months now working with the Edmundites in Nicolle Hall, at their parishes and at Saint Anne’s Shrine. I am an ’07 alumna with a degree in journalism and mass communication. I went on to spend a few years at The Burlington Free Press after graduation. Or maybe you might know me from church! I am a member of Saint Jude The Apostle Parish in Hinesburg.
With all of the praying I do on a regular basis to get me through my busy days, this Silent Retreat is a much-needed time for me to slow down and to just listen. It's a time to shut off notifications and turn away from harried thinking. I quieted my mind by reading scripture, reflecting on the day’s liturgy, meditating and doing yoga in nature. Along with daily Mass we all had 45 minutes a day to talk alone with our spiritual directors. So, it was not completely silent. There were about twenty people on retreat this year who rested in cozy cabins, had their fill of wholesome comfort food, and walked the historic shores of Lake Champlain. Saint Anne’s Shrine has a rich ancient history. You should go check it out! Take a day trip! Learn more here: https://www.saintannesshrine.org/history
My silent retreats with the Edmundites have reminded me to slow down and pay attention. It's a game of extreme mindfulness and I love playing. -Lynn Monty
This year, nature helped us out with liturgy reflections. Father Brian Cummings told us a rainbow is the expression of God’s covenant with humanity through Noah in Genesis chapter 9. Coincidentally, the story of the renewal of this covenant with Abram in Genesis chapter 15 was the reading at Mass the day a double rainbow at the retreat appeared. Some of us had to break silence to spread the good news!
On the last day, I said my rosary (my precious crystal one that has been in my family for four generations) at the water’s edge at sunset. The waves splashed at my feet repeatedly as I recited my prayers. It almost felt like a beautiful dance of some sort—rhythmic and methodic. As I held the metal cross of Jesus in the palm of my hand, it suddenly came to me that my feet were being washed. I closed my eyes and imagined my worthiness in His eyes. I felt deeply loved. It took a year, but I got there.
I am already excited for next year’s retreat! I wonder what walking with Jesus from this year to next will develop in me? Maybe I will see you there! If you would like to meet up sooner, catch me at The Summer Reflection Series at The Shrine on Wednesdays! We can talk about your own spiritual journey, Edmundite charism, silent retreats, or anything on your mind! Here is more information about this special Edmundite series of reflections: https://www.saintannesshrine.org/events