- Dec 5, 2019
The Taize Brothers Community in Kenya have organized a five day retreat for young people from all over the continent to help them better understand and deepen their faith.
“Do we have the humility to listen to one another, paying attention to prejudices that we certainly have, but attentive to receive that which God wants to say despite — perhaps — my closures? Do I listen to the voice of others, perhaps weak, or do I only listen to my voice?” a Franciscan friar told Pope Francis and members of the Roman Curia during their Lenten retreat.
SNOWMASS, Colo. — If you’re looking for God but can’t find Him here, you might as well give up. “Here” is a magical place, an otherworldly, holy place. Big sky. Big mountains. Big questions. “Here” is St. Benedict’s Monastery and its Retreat House, 8,000 feet up in an as-far-as-you-can-see valley
“Writing is a form of contemplation.” — Thomas Merton, monk and spiritual writer “Writing is a form of praying.” — John Keats, poet “I’m not sure I could contemplate at all if it wasn’t for the fact that I have spent most of my life surrendering to the experience of
When Thomas Merton was master of scholastics at the Monastery at Gethsemani in 1962, he remarked that “everyone should get spiritual direction.” This was a wildly radical notion for its time. Back then, the only people who received spiritual direction — in the West, at least — were ordained clergy.
I do not feel better in the morning, actually. Here’s the schedule through Friday morning, when we’re done: 7 to 8 a.m. Meditate 8 a.m. Breakfast in silence 9:30 a.m. Death presentation and group discussion, where we get to talk, supervised 10:30 to 11:30 Meditate Noon: Lunch in silence 3:30