The next Merton Fellowship day retreat will be held on Saturday 9th March 2013 at University Road Moravian Church, Belfast (http://www.moravian.org.uk/pages/congregations/belfast_uni.html)
The topic of the retreat is ‘Practicing Lectio Divina & Contemplative Prayer’; it will begin at 10am and finish at 4pm, with refreshments provided (please bring a packed lunch).
As with all of our activities, it is open to all, regardless of denominational/faith group affiliation or knowledge of Merton and his work. An interest in peace and contemplative prayer/meditation is all that is required.
To book your place, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace & Blessings,
‘So contemplative silence really is boring—at least, if we do it right. It bores down beneath all the psychic defenses we normally employ to distract ourselves from the presence of God in our lives. Because, well, if we can distract ourselves from God’s presence, we can persist in the illusion that we are actually in control of our lives, are managing our conflicts just fine, and are fully justified in the ways we judge, reject, and try to defeat others’.
So claims Carl McColman, a Lay Cistercian, blogger (www.anamchara.com) and the author of ‘The Big Book of Christian Mysticism’.
You can read his entire article here: Is Contemplation Boring?.
I’ve put together a short meditation entitled ‘No Need For Words‘ – the title speaks for itself. Sometimes we feel compelled to talk too much and to think too much, when in fact what we really need is to sit back and observe. Here it is:
No Need For Words.
I’ve uploaded a short meditation to youtube containing some of Merton’s thoughts on nature……………………..I hope you like it! God bless, Scott
One of my favourite verses from the book of Psalms – ‘The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork‘ is the basis for a meditation I’ve put together and posted on youtube. The musical accompaniment is by the monks of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Merton’s home for many years. Peace and blessings, Scott