A constant challenge after experiencing a wonderful Retreat is the jarring knock of the day-to-day grind afterwards. We were really refreshed by our weekend in Igatpuri - like the rose above - but when you get back to life in the trenches it all seems far away.
Which is exactly what the enemy of our souls wants to have us think. 'Its all a mountain-top experience' 'Its not real' etc.
Well it was real. It is real. And will continue to be real. The truth of hope, forgiveness and life that we heard and experienced is more real than the hard knocks each day gives us. Thats why we go on retreats - to remind us of the deeper reality that lurks beneath our often slightly soiled (and sometimes positively filthy) days.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.