An Innovative Way of Doing Retreat
Jan Sampson, spiritual director and associate member of the Association of Spiritual Directors, is offering an innovative approach to retreat.
For three weeks during August (2012) she is offering to lead you/us through sayings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers.
In her promo Jan writes, "In the desert we are invited to a place of deep encounter with our self and with God...."
Read more here: http://www.sgmwellington.myurl.co.nz/uploads/8/9/0/2/8902434/desert_retreat.pdf
Perhaps we could journey together with Jan for three weeks. In the event you may like to reflect on your journey after it, using the Comments section on this Blog page...
P.S. Interested in other events like this?
As my last post suggests, I am very appreciative of the fine Catholic lay and religious whom I have had the privilege of knowing over the years.
Indeed, my introduction to Christianity as an adult was gained by regularly attending mass at Our Lady of Victories Church in Sockburn, Christchurch. The depth of community, scholarship and devotion that I have witnessed amongst Catholics is immense. My current spiritual director is a Catholic sister. The teaching of Alexander Shaia has greatly impacted me during the last year. We count amongst our closest friends a Catholic couple who have left the Church to join a protestant one; who are deeply disturbed by some of the hierarchical abuse issues they are witnessing in the Church.
I was prompted to make this post after one of this couple made a Facebook post referring to this article:
From the National Catholic Reporter, it begins:
Tui Motou - the Independent Catholic Magazine - interviewed Alexander Shaia in its June edition.
Interview: The Gospels are texts about individual and community transformation, not a ‘newspaper record’ of the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth. Michael Fitzsimons talks with author Alexander Shaia about how the Great Story is more about the Jesus in us than the Jesus of history.
Alexander Shaia comes to town in late autumn, keen to shed a fresh light on the Great Story of the Gospels that we are so familiar with, in a sense too familiar with. He grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, the third son of Lebanese immigrants and still retains a Semitic outlook.
“I grew up in a Lebanese village, living in the old ways, right in the middle of an industrial city in the American south. The gift of this was to grow up seeing the Christianity of my ancestors, the same as it has been for more than 900 years, brought from a mountain village in Lebanon, recreated in Birmingham. My father’s family is the family of Maronite priests in this village, and nine of our last 11 generations have included priests called Alexander...."
This is a place where we can discuss mentoring, ministry and what we have found helpful for sustaining our inner lives and good relationships.