Led by Mary Anne Best, Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler, Pamela Begeman
Fr. Thomas Keating has said that Christianity is the Path of Heartfulness, the path of coming into a deep awareness of the love of God: . . . to see Christ as present in everything and everyone . . . to heed the call to be transformed in Christ . . . and then to rely on God to enable us to pass on the mercy, forgiveness, compassion and love to all humanity that we have received.
“Advent of the Heart” is an Online Retreat and Practice Circle that will explore the Path of Heartfulness in silence, word, and community in the context of the liturgical season of Advent, a time when we await the birth of the resplendent light of Christ in our inmost being, filling our hearts with joy and hope. This program will consist of the following elements:
• email teachings delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, starting Friday, November 29 and continuing through Wednesday, December 25, Christmas Day.
• video excerpts of Fr. Thomas Keating from the Heartfulness DVD series plus audio downloads and written transcripts.
• one-hour teleconference with the retreat leaders, which will also be recorded for those who can not be present live.
• community support in the online Practice Circle, a forum open 24/7 for posts from any time zone.
This retreat has been developed by Contemplative Outreach, a community of individuals and Centering Prayer groups committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel in everyday life. The retreat leaders are Mary Anne Best, Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler, and Pamela Begeman, who have worked with Fr. Thomas Keating as he has shaped this material. Together, they will guide us toward an understanding of the contemplative dimension of the Gospel and its extraordinary implications and applications for personal freedom and global peace. Fr. Keating explains that the inherent human quest for happiness is itself the greatest proof of God’s existence:
“. . . we are called by God, to open to a new reality that is our true Self . . . the image and likeness of God. The path to this true Self and all its fruits and gifts is the challenge of becoming fully human. And to become fully human is to become fully divine. This is the fullness of life itself, a life abiding in the grace and truth of Christ, while at the same time, fully being the unique person you are.”
What a focus for Advent — the season when Christians and other sympatico souls await the coming of the Light! Join us for this special seasonal e-course.
Friday, November 29 – Wednesday, December 25, 2013
4 CEHs for chaplains available