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Holy places

Retreat centers reveal the secrets of our hearts and what can happen in solitude

Certainly all places are holy, for there is no place bereft of God's hungry love for us. But there are special places, quiet, empty spaces that create open, empty space within us. These places release the constriction around our lungs that has been with us so long we didn't know it was there. And finally we breathe deeply. Old pains, hopes and loves bubble up in unexpected ways. Deep yearnings for something we can't quite name moisten our eyes and seem capable of fulfillment, maybe for the first time.

There are places like that. The Lutheran asked retreat leaders and spiritual directors who minister in such places to tell us who is coming to their place, why they are coming and what happens for them.


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