The Marian Retreat in Ridgefield is almost a week gone but the effects are still lingering. Our Mother is a powerful intercessor, more than I ever realized, and made most interesting by learning how and why God gave her so many graces. Mary, like Her Son, helps to draw us to Heaven by helping us stay focused. Not an easy thing to do in this world. A week-long silent retreat helps to get one's head back on, maybe not completely straight, but back on and looking in the proper direction.