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From Hermits

The following are excerpts from just a few of the hundreds of written testimonials we have received from those who have made hermitage retreats at Pacem In Terris.

"Over seven years ago I spent two nights with you. Those two nights changed the trajectory of my life and my family. Thank you."


"My son is a seminarian at Saint Paul Seminary and has enjoyed your hospitality. Thanks for what you provide!"


“I had a wonderful time communing with God at St. Mary Magdalene. This is such a needed place–where I can restore my soul, talk and listen. Thank you!”


“What an amazing place you have all kept for God’s people to come and have a date with Him. Thank you for all the preparations and the daily prayers. You are a blessing to us first timers.”


“Thank you for a wonderful stay! It’s peaceful place where I can come and slow down, be still, and get serious about my conversations with God. I feel refreshed and excited about where God is leading me next! I look forward to coming back in 2011.”


“I thought I’d come here and be a mighty prayer warrior all weekend. Instead, God directed me to rest, sleep, and take delight in the woods and deer and bask in His peace. My spirit is renewed and I feel I can go back home to my children a more patient mom (at least for a little while.)”


"Thank you so much for providing this holy place for me to “stop the world” for 2 days and sit with God. My take-away from this experience is to be still and know ( rather than try to feel) that God is God. When my life gets hectic again (and surely it will) I will always have this moment to recall and remember that I know God is God, and that He is with me. Thank you."


“What a gift to be in God’s holy presence. It seems as though the time was not long enough, but this will hopefully bring me back very soon! Shalom”


“This was a wonderful experience for me and I will be back. It was great to have the quiet time to reflect with God and the Holy Spirit. Thank you!”


“Praise be to our God! Intimacy with a thrice holy God through His Son Jesus Christ our Lord–a possibility beyond imagination, yet real. May God richly bless all as He has me!”


“Yes, this weekend won’t soon be forgotten by this young mom of three. I will seek God in stillness and quiet more purposefully now because I know He is there. As a pilgrim, I will journey to this place again to seek God and find Him. What you have here is a treasure and I will share it with others–like my faith in a majestic, one, true God.”


“Pacem has become a vital necessity in my relationship with Our Lord, and I long for this place and the fellowship it brings. It amazes me that God longs for us to be intimate with Him. He is constantly drawing us closer if we would just listen. Thank you for providing me with an opportunity to do just that.”


“God is so Good! I thought I was coming here to get over my fear of loneliness, but instead, God saturated me with His love and gave me peace with being alone–with Him. This is my Poustinia! Alleluia!!”


“Thank you! What a great place! I have never been in the woods in Minnesota and seen so many birds and animals. the most magical moment was at the dock when a beaver decided to swing out in front of me. Silence is scary but with human silence we for once really listen to what nature has to say to us. I suppose you could say you hear God. For that I thank you.”


“Thank you for the prayer support which is proving to be especially powerful right now. I am working through some very difficult and painful childhood abuse memories, but want to get through them and put them behind me so I can do whatever God’s will might be. A place like Pacem where you can be alone with God is perfect for this kind of “work”. Thank you for everything.”


“I really loved being here. I work with a lot of teens, so I rarely have time to sit and “think” like Little Flower often did. It’s really what I need to recharge. You can be sure that I will be coming back. We at C.Y.E. will be praying for you and your ministry. God Bless!”


“Once again I have been blessed to be here with Jesus, our Loving God, and the sweet communion of the Holy Spirit. I am rested in body, renewed in my soul, and revived in spirit . . . ready to return to ministry. May God continue to bless and prosper this ministry to all who seek the fullness of God’s purpose.”


“Thank you for allowing me this extra time to spend with our Lord. It was amazing & a much needed rest. Thank you for your prayers and providing a place where we can leave the world behind and be in His uninterrupted presence. Blessings.”


"I haven’t been here for a while, but I’m thankful I came again! I can’t stop saying I’m so glad to be alone with my Lord, ’cause lately, there have been noises and interruptions where I live. Here again, He spoke and gave His peace and guidance to go into 2012. He even sent some extra “kisses” – a little bird, right outside my window. May Jesus bless each one of you today!"


"I am eating the silence like bread and it fed my soul Jesus was here with me and we had a great time together. I took 3 delicious walks, one at night, and felt very safe!"


"God does amazing work here – He restores, blesses, and provides just what each of us needs. I come away refreshed. And as a bonus I got to see does and fawns and even a hawk! And I’m sure God has a purpose for the deer fly – even if I don’t know what it is! As always – I will be back."


"Thank you so much for providing this holy place for me to “stop the world” for 2 days and sit with God. My take-away from this experience is to be still and know ( rather than try to feel) that God is God. When my life gets hectic again (and surely it will) I will always have this moment to recall and remember that I know God is God, and that He is with me. Thank you."


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