Not all of us are able to set aside time to go away for 30 consecutive days to make the Enclosed Silent Retreat.
For those people who are focused on prayer and who desire to deepen their relationship with God, one way of making the Exercises is through the 19th Annotation, also known as The Retreat in Daily Life.
One of the advantages of the Retreat in Daily Life is that the person is able to live and work in their own environment and yet still pray and make the Retreat over a period of approximately 30 weeks.
- A commitment needs to be made to a daily prayer time (of approximately 1 hour)
- Daily Examen, which is prayed at the conclusion of each day.
- To meet once per week with a Spiritual Director who acts as a guide along the way.
One of the blessings of this Retreat is that all of our daily life can be integrated into our prayer and the Spiritual Exercise of that particular day, also that this Retreat does not conclude on a particular day, but lives on in us as we continue to reflect, discern and grow through our individual experience of God in our day to day activities.
Those who have made Retreat in Daily Life found that they have a continued desire for prayer. Their discernment and thought patterns have greater clarity, their prayer life has deepened, and they have a better understanding of their own self and their journey with God. Moreover, they are clearer about their personal vocation and how God desires to utilize them as a collaborator in building the Kingdom.