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Experience and Meaning

An Online Retreat

With Laurence Freeman OSB

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Given that most of our communication and exploration is - for the moment – online,
what better time to take part in an online retreat?

A pre-seminar (JMS 2018) silent retreat led by Laurence Freeman OSB with the theme Experience and meaning.

What you will discover on this retreat:

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– Lesson 1

Meditation - A Different Kind of Experience

Meditation is as old as humanity itself. It is a universal practice, arising in – and uniting – all wisdom traditions throughout the world. The Christian contemplative path has too often been overlooked, but is now more urgently needed than ever before. By following this practice we are personally responding to the teaching of Jesus on prayer. It takes us directly to the purest source of wisdom.

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– Lesson 2

Stages of Discipleship

The essence of wisdom is direct, personal experience of reality. This is quite distinct from the seemingly infinite range of “experiences” that a culture obsessed with consumption and entertainment relentlessly offers us. In committing to a personal practice of meditation we are no longer experiencing life at one remove, to be simply stored away as a memory. Instead we learn to breathe wisdom for ourselves.

– Lesson 3

Meaning is Connection

The world is obsessed with the ‘glory’ that trumpets power, success and victory. But the glory of God reflected in a human being fully alive, the world considers as mere foolishness. Our collective sense of time has become purely functional; our ‘rituals’ simply performance and spectacle. The contemplative mind offers new shared ways of authentically responding to the mystery of life.

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– Lesson 4

How Religious Experience is Changing

The danger of all ritual and religion is that security and nostalgia can become the main concern. But this is to miss the sacred opportunity that all liturgy really is: the chance for each one of us to become radically simplified, childlike, standing joyously in the immediate presence of God. The discipline of meditation in community can lead us to this shared experience of freedom.

Experience and Meaning

– An Online Retreat with Laurence Freeman OSB

60$

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Laurence Freeman OSB

About Laurence Freeman OSB

Laurence Freeman is a Benedictine monk of the Monastery of Sta Maria di Pilastrello, Lendinara, in the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation. He is also Director of Bonnevaux, the International Centre of the World Community for Christian Meditation where he now resides. Fr Laurence 
 
 

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