Since Jessa left, I was invited to join three sisters who are on retreat here at
dinner.Two of them are Sisters of Mercy and
the other is a Jesuit who is a medical doctor in Africa.They are all on retreat here, too, but they are doing silent retreats. I can still make the choice whether to do a silent retreat or not.
I had heard that there would be quiet music over dinner. We played a cd of some choral music in English. It wasn’t our first choice, but the Taize music
was not in its case.
Dinner was a little awkward for me. So often, I make conversation over meals; . . . with students, with family, with colleagues. Not this time. I did presume there was an absolute “NO
TALKING” policy, but clearly I was mistaken. There were little quiet interactions about music selection, silverware, bread, wine, tea and sugar – all gracious and very hospitable. I seemed to be the only one concerned about an absolute rule, so I was able to respond quietly when appropriate and shared the meal. We shared soup, fresh bread, chicken, potatoes, salad and fruit.&nbsp; I’m not going to go hungry, even with all the walking I did today.
After the cd came to the end and stopped, I heard outside all the birds
were singing and chirping in chorus, too. As twilight was falling.
It was an even more beautiful song, really.