We finished the third week and had our third break day—walking in the morning, playing “passball” in the afternoon (touch football without touching), returning to retreat mode with 4:30 “flexoria,” afternoon meditation—and entered the Fourth Week, about the risen life of Christ.
If you never thought four days of meditating could be fun, then you never did it after three-plus weeks raking over the coals in your soul including a long, hard look at suffering and death on a near-cosmic scale.
Jim Bowman covered religion 1968-78 for the Chicago Daily News, since then has written books, articles, etc., mostly on corporate history but also on religion (Company Man: My Jesuit Life, 1950-1968), and more recently on politics (Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to Voters, -- Lulu.com, Kindle). Longtime Oak Park, Illinois, resident, he lives now on Chicago's North Side, where four of his and Winnie's six children live close by.
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