I was looking at the Bookings for 2023 this morning and I am glad to see so many of you making
reservations to return. I also see some new names and I am looking forward to meeting you. 
As I look out the window, I am reminded that yes, it is still winter, and I am aware of how special this
this season is.  The beauty of the sunrise through the bare trees.  The awesome night sky on a cold,
clear night.  Even just sitting in the sun on a brisk winter afternoon can bring joy.
After getting through a busy December, the remaining days of winter can be a perfect time to slow
down, reflect on last year and give Thanks for God's blessings.  We don't  know what God has in
store for us during 2023, we can be confident however, that He will be with us through it all.
Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 
May God bless you abundantly this year, and we hope to see you here at IL Ritiro.
Joe Hrabar 
Director, IL Ritiro Franciscan Retreat Center