The Transformation of Suffering: A Lenten Journey
Wednesday, March 01 - Friday, April 14
"For every man's life contains its share of suffering; each of us is occasionally driven almost to despair, to ask why God allows evil and suffering to overtake him or those he loves. I had seen a great deal of suffering in the camps and prisons in those around me, had almost despaired myself, and had learned in those darkest of hours to turn to God for consolation and to trust in him alone.
" … Through the long years of isolation and suffering, God had led me to an understanding of life and his love that only those who have experienced it can fathom. He had stripped away from me many of the external consolations, physical and religious, that men rely on and had left me with a core of seemingly simple truths to guide me. And yet what a profound difference they had made in my life, what strength they gave me, what courage to go on!"
- Fr. Walter J. Ciszek, S.J., He Leadeth Me
"When accepted, suffering leads to wisdom, which is the perception of the divine goodness and purpose in everything that happens. Wisdom, peace and faith -- that is to say, perfect trust in God -- transform suffering into -- I won't quite say 'joy' -- but give it a meaning that takes away resistance and one can then see a value in one's suffering that is … well, God-like."
- Thomas Keating,
The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living companion book
This e-course will explore the transformation of suffering as an evolutionary and transformative process in and through the divine/human experience -- Christ in us, as us. The content will include excerpts from various Thomas Keating videos and writings, the wisdom of numerous contemplative witnesses and the practice of Visio Divina with the crucifix images of artist William Congdon.
Through a combination of email, video and audio teachings, as well as the opportunity to share and connect with a worldwide community in the online Practice Circle, you can expect:
- Email teachings sent on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
- A contemplative engagement with Scripture and the liturgical themes of Lent as a way of seeing, listening, reflecting, and then living the great themes of Lent in your own life.
- The use of music, art and personal stories as evocative invitations to reflect, respond and participate in your own process of understanding and transformation.
- Mini-practices to support a contemplative life rooted in daily practice, silence, solitude, stillness, solidarity and service.
- A special invitation to participate in the United in Prayer Day on March 18, either through local groups and events, an individual in-home retreat and/or a 24-hour, worldwide virtual prayer vigil.
(6 CEHs for Chaplains available.)
Partial scholarships are available through Contemplative Outreach. Please inquire at email@example.com.
For information and to register visit the Transformation of Suffering online course page.