+Thanking God again for your sharing the recollections with us. Helps to know to cherish that desolation feeling. Sounds like monastic wisdom. Quite a challenge to be both clever yet more simple. I have to remember God's wisdom surpasses all human wisdom - especially as the sheer volume of knowledge can be distracting from obedience. The simpler the better. Thank God for scholars who can distill the wisdom of God for us. May God reward you.
Certain oratorical tools can be utilized at an informal setting that may not be appropriate for Mass. During this retreat you exhibited a very relaxed, conversational, animated, humorous demeanor while still presenting an important and interesting message. Although many topics were discussed, the basic theme referring to the Gospels and, in particular, the words of Christ was an excellent idea and ought to be repeated each Sunday by every Christian preacher.