Praying with the Mystics: Experiencing Quiet Prayer

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A weekly series on Wednesday, from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST, beginning February 17

facilitated by Sr. Therese Elias, OSB.
Free-will offering (suggested contribution, $75 for the whole series, or $15 per session attended)
 
This course assumes that participants have had a basic introduction to Centering Prayer or meditation and have engaged in at least a beginning practice.
 
The mystics wrote of their experience of prayer in response to a call from God, leaving us a legacy of mystical writings that support our spiritual journey. This 6-week series features the teachings of the Christian mystics on prayer, and guided practice in Quiet (Centering) Prayer. You are encouraged to enter this series with the intention of attending all sessions, as each will build upon the other, however, if you have a conflict that does not allow you to attend all, we still invite you to register and attend as much as your schedule allows.
 
February 17, The Cloud of Unknowing
We will explore this great Christian classic on contemplative prayer for its teaching on how to be, as the author says, “at home in the cloud.”
 
February 24, Julian of Norwich
This charming 14th Century English mystic teaches that prayer begins with the movement of the Spirit in us for “God is the Ground of our beseeching.” We will delight in Julian’s positive, affirming presentation on prayer.
 
March 3, Teresa of Avila & John of the Cross
These two masters of contemplative prayer give encouraging insights into the journey toward Quiet Prayer as they teach us how to remain faithful through darkness and aridity and especially in the movements of consolation & desolation.
 
March 10, Contemplative Prayer and Inner Healing
Deep prayer brings the unhealed dark places within us into the light of God’s love. Using the teachings of the mystical tradition as well as understandings from modern psychology, we will consider the changes to be expected for those who engage in Quiet Prayer.
 
March 17, Lectio Divina
Christian contemplative prayer arises from and is nurtured by relationship with the Word of God. We will examine the age-old monastic tradition of Lectio Divina as the doorway to Contemplative Prayer.
 
March 24, Thomas Merton: Contemplation in a World of Action
Thomas Merton’s writings show that fidelity to contemplative prayer creates prophets. Likewise, he teaches that, unless rooted in a deep prayer life, social activism can be misguided or even dangerous.
 
Please register by February 11. Once your registration is completed, you should receive a confirmation email within a week. Zoom meeting links, along with any additional details and materials S. Therese 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.
 
Sister Therese Elias, OSB, M.A., of the Benedictine Sister of Mount St. Scholastica, is a retreat director, spiritual advisor and lecturer with specialties in Benedictine and Celtic spirituality, the mystics, and contemplative prayer.  She has led numerous pilgrimages to Ireland, Scotland and Wales.