"Just as we are all meant to be contemplatives and to hear the voice of God in our lives, we are all meant to answer God's call to be His partners in transfiguring the world. This calling, this encounter with God, is always to send us into the midst of human suffering." — Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Every week we will be meeting to practice mediation and contemplative prayer and try to create a deep space of receptivity and listening where everyone can touch the essence of their calling, where we can affirm each other's gifts, and where we can be inspired to live deeply from the heart in service of compassion and justice.
Some More Information: The Christian tradition of contemplative prayer can be traced back to Jesus, who went to the desert to pray in solitude before many of the most significant events in his life. Following in that tradition, we will meet once per week to enter the desert of our hearts, emptying ourselves so we can welcome what Catherine Doherty called “the whisperings and light of the Holy Spirit". WE will utilize ancient monastic practices of prayer and receptive silence, such as Centering Prayer (rooted in the 14th century English spiritual classic The Cloud of Unknowing and more recently updated and popularized by Fr. Thomas Keating, the Jesus Prayer (rooted in the ancient monastic tradition of the desert fathers and mothers of Egypt and Palestine), a monastic version of Lectio Divina (developed by St. Benedict in the 6th century and later formalized by Guigo II), and Memoria Dei or Practicing the Presence of God (inspired by Br. Lawrence of the Resurrection, a 17th century French Carmelite lay brother).
Our aim will be to make these practices relevant to our lives, here and now, by co-creating an environment in which it is safe to show up as we are: with our heartbreaks, fears, anxieties, as well as our joys, successes, aspirations and hopes. We will learn to sit with it all until we can be stirred by a sense of the Divine breaking into our midst, stirring us with direction and guidance. Our hope will be that through this experience we will be guided into a “remembrance” of who we are in God and how our lives can, as one monastic writer said, “manifest God through our own uniqueness” and “reflect God rather than the false self”."