Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27
facilitated by Judith Valente
Free-will offering (suggested contribution, $40)
In their many writings, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton seem to be speaking directly to the personal and social challenges we are facing today. We will delve into what they have to say about healing division and conflict, meeting social needs, seeking peace, and the importance of prayer and taking time to pause. We will look at how we too can become “contemplatives in action” and work to heal a broken world.
Session 1: Friday, March 26
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. CDT
Session 2: Saturday, March 27
9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. CDT
We will open each session 15 minutes prior to start time, so all are able to gather and introduce themselves before we begin.
Please register by March 23. Once your registration is completed, you should receive a confirmation email within 1-2 business days. Zoom meeting links, along with any additional details and materials Judith would like you to have, will be emailed to you the day prior to each session. We look forward to seeing you online.
As a free-will offering, no payment is required, but we are grateful for any amount contributed, if you are able. Click here if you would like to contribute now.
Judith Valente is the author of several spirituality books, including most recently “How to Live: What The Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning & Community” and “The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked & Overwhelmed.” She is also the author of two collections of poetry and co-editor with her husband Charles Reynard of an anthology of poems on finding the sacred in the everyday. She spent many years as a journalist with such news organizations as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and PBS-TV where she covered religion as part of the national news program “Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.” She also contributes articles to U.S. Catholic magazine and National Catholic Reporter. Judith guides frequent retreats on living a more contemplative life in the secular world. She has been an Oblate of Mount St. Scholastica since 2013 and authored an award-winning memoir of her frequent visits to the Mount called, “Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, A Spiritual Home and a Living Faith.” She is a board member of the International Thomas Merton Society.