Thursday, January 14, 2010

Seabirds, Waves, and the Voice of God








"Something about the sea opens hearts to the voice of God."

Those words are at the top of an information sheet on the History of Enders Island in Fisher's Sound in Connecticut. Located at the mouth of the Mystic River, the island, comprised of 11 acres of land, now hosts retreats by a religious order of priests called Edmundites. Many of the retreats are for people in various kinds of recovery as well as for priests and other religious.












Walking on the grounds of Enders Island, even in the dead of winer, is a peaceful, serene experience. Surrounded by the sea, apparently the island has many flower beds in the warmer months. It's a beautiful place and one cannot help but feel a connetion with one's spiritual side.



The Edmundites, by the way, date back to a founder, St. Edmund of Canterbury, who died in the year 1240. He was from England but his body lies enshrined in a church in France. An amazing aspect of St. Edmund, who dedicated his life to God, is that his body is still well preserved, after more than 700 years!




Visiting Enders Island on a recent trip to Stonington, Connecticvut, turned out to be an extremely impressive and profound experience.

The information sheet about the island summed it up perfectly with the following words:

"Connected by bridge to the mainland, Ender's Island and St. Edmund's Retreat is one of the few places in New England where you can awaken to the sound of seabirds calling, waves lapping, and a Mass bell pealing."

8 comments:

Terri Tiffany said...

Looks like I place I might really enjoy but in warmer months:) Glad you had a good time!

diane stetson said...

I was at the beach in Dana Point yesterday and felt the same connection to the Lord..it was peaceful, beautiful and rather summer like here in California...The look of the snow on the ground was rather chilling to me..ha ha.

Jan Cline said...

Great pictures. Im feeling the itch to get out and see some new places. And I love the ocean!

LDH said...

Beautiful pictures and enjoyed the history you shared!

Susan Wicker said...

Hello Terri: Thank you so much for stopping by. It's always wonderful to have you visit! Please come again soon. Sincerely, Susan

Susan Wicker said...

Hi Jan....Isn't seeing new places great? Adds to the joy of life. Thanks so much for your visit and comment! So appreciated. Sincerely, Susan

Susan Wicker said...

Hello LDH: I'm so glad you liked the photos and the little story. My husband gave me a new digital camera for Christmas and I'm LOVING it! Snapping shots of everyone and their grandmother! Ha! Love having you stop by! Thanks for the comment, too. Sincerely, Susan

Susan Wicker said...

Hello Diane...Thanks for your visit! Sincerely, Susan

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