Thursday, April 13, 2006

Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House

I went for a walk with a bird on March 22 at Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House in Indianapolis.

During a break from a Lenten day of reflection presented by Msgr. Paul Koetter, pastor of St. Monica Parish in Indianapolis, I went outside to enjoy the beautiful retreat center grounds and pray on the prayer labyrinth.

Several inches of snow covered the ground, and sunshine sparkled on the ice crystals. Birdsong served as a reminder that spring was just around the corner.

A robin who probably thought he had migrated north too soon landed on the sidewalk, which had just been shoveled, and walked a few feet ahead of me all the way around the exterior of the retreat center chapel and over to the prayer labyrinth. It was fun to watch him hop along the path on his little bird feet. He didn't seem at all concerned that I was just a few feet away from him.

Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House offers a variety of spiritual retreats on weekends and days of reflection on weekdays at 5353 E. 56th St. in Indianapolis. For more information about their retreat program schedule, call 317-545-7681 or log on to their Web site at

I hope you will make time for a spiritual retreat there sometime this year. Maybe you will even have a chance to go for a walk with a bird.

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