Episcopal House of Prayer: A Darkness all of Light

May 23, 2019 - May 28, 2019 Episcopal House of Prayer, Collegeville

Offered by Martin Laird, O.S.A.
Thursday, May 23 – Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Cost: $625 (Scholarships available)


“A Darkness all of Light”. This line from a poem by Franz Wright serves to focus our days dedicated to the practice of contemplation, conference, discussion, and silent table fellowship.

Silence itself has no opposite. For the silent mind, sound is as silent as no sound. For the decluttered mind, despair and delight manifest the very same silence we incessantly bodyforth by the simple fact that we are. But for the cluttered mind, such things seem to be at odds. To explore this, among other things, Fr. Martin will consider such challenges as: the inner noise generated when we try to use contemplative practice to acquire something we think we lack; or get rid of something we would rather not have in our lives; or how the practice of “mindfulness” risks leaving us fixated on ourselves as our own contemplative projects; as well as other special challenges for the maturing contemplative.

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