Let Peace Be our Aim: Seeking Peace in our Homes and at Work (Zoom)

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October 28-29, 2022 | Part 1: Friday 7:00-8:30 p.m., Part 2: Saturday 10:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m. CDT

Facilitated by Judith Valente
Cost: $25
As a society, we face deep and sometimes violent social and political division. Likewise, we encounter often intractable conflict within our own family, our marriage, our community. “Let peace be your aim” is an exhortation we find in both the epistles of St. Paul and the Benedictine Rule. St. Benedict considered creating peaceful relations through the building of community, hospitality and humility one of the most important aims of the spiritual life. Jesus says, “My peace I give you, my peace I leave with you.” Faced with personal attack, how do we respond with love rather than the desire for an eye-for-an-eye? Is it possible to turn our own personal swords into plowshares and replace conflict with grace, anger with mercy? We each possess the spiritual gifts to do so. In this retreat we will look at the gifts of the Spirit available to us to draw upon in times of conflict and see what some of our great spiritual teachers have said about living non-violent lives that create a path for personal and societal peace. 

Please register by October 21. Once we have received your registration, we will send you an invoice for the retreat. Please know we have scholarships available; if you would like to make a request, email S. Carol Ann at sophia@mountosb.org. We strongly encourage you to add sophia@mountosb.org to your email contacts to ensure the delivery of emails regarding your retreat. We look forward to welcoming you online.

Judith Valente spent many years as a journalist. In 2019 she left daily journalism to focus on writing that helps busy people slow down and find greater meaning in their daily lives. She is the author of several spirituality titles, including Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence a Spiritual Home and a Living Faith, the memoir of her time living as a laywoman at a Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kan.; and How to Live: What The Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning and Community. Her most recent book is a collaboration with a Trappist monk, titled How to Be: A Monk & A Journalist Reflect on Living & Dying, Purpose & Prayer, Forgiveness & Friendship. She has received numerous awards for her writing and leads frequent retreats on how to live a more contemplative life in the secular world.