Religion: Golden Hours

When Jesus Christ went into the wilderness to spend 40 days in solitude, he set an example for all Christians who wish to make their peace with God, put their lives in order. That example, however, has been systematically and generally followed only among Roman Catholics. In the 16th Century St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, laid down detailed rules for "retreats" in his Spiritual Exercises, and St. Charles (Cardinal) Borromeo established retreat houses in his archdiocese of Milan. Since the 17th Century annual retreats have been customary and obligatory for...

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