The following SpiritLife classes will be held Sept. 22 at Heartland Center for Spirituality. Participants may attend for the day, for a single talk or register for the complete two-year program with the option of spiritual director’s training in year three.
For more information, contact sister Kathy Goetz, 620-792-1232, firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit the website: heartlandspirituality.org/spiritlife .
• 9:30-10:35 a.m. - Encountering Christ. Philip St. Romain, D. Min.
How do we encounter Christ in his personal/historical, ecclesial (Church), sacramental, and cosmic modes of presence to us? We will review ways to do each.
• 10:55 a.m. to noon - Encounter with World Religions. Jolene Geier OP.
God works in ways that we may not fully understand through the multiple religions practiced by faithful people around the globe. Expanding our understanding of different religions will help us to respect others the way Jesus did during his life and ministry.
• 1-1:45 p.m. - Spiritual formation Group – a time to process what’s been happening in classes; sharing one’s journey; inquiry and feedback.
2-3 p.m. Kataphatic Prayer: Icons, Lectio Divina. Marcia Bercheck and Renee Dreiling OP.
The two prayer styles we will be using today are examples of kataphatic prayer i.e. prayer that is mediated through the senses. Through holy images or icons our spirits are nourished, our eyes are refreshed and our whole bodies become full of light. Icons are windows unto the vast spaciousness of God. Lectio Divina means “divine reading” and describes a way of reading the Scripture in order to let go of our own agenda and to open ourselves to what God wants to say to us. Through its four stages of reading, reflecting, responding, and resting, we allow God’s word to penetrate our hearts so that we may grow in an intimate relationship with God.