"THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL": The Night of Sense, The Night of Spirit
“How gently and lovingly You wake in my heart,
Where in secret You dwell alone;
And in your sweet breathing, filled with good and glory,
How tenderly You swell my heart with love……. John of The Cross
The Dark Night is a metaphor and often misunderstood. It simply means that the human mind is unable to grasp the transformative work that God is effecting in the deepest recesses of the soul. It is like a ‘darkness’ to our human understanding. In this weekend retreat, we will explore how St. John of The Cross charts the fundamental journey of the human spirit where no words satisfy. The Night of Sense and Night of Spirit proves an inner landscape of the soul, a geography of the soul that presents the human experience of being wounded and simultaneously, the experience of being healed by the divine physician. The ’dark nights’ are an amazing story of grace and human development as told in these images. This journey provides inspired insight into our contemporary contemplative journey. The weekend will allow time for presentation, small group process, periods of silence and Centering Prayer in contemplative community. Some knowledge of Centering Prayer will be helpful but not required.
Presenter: Susan Komis.
Fri. Aug. 16 (Arrival: 4:30 pm; Soup Supper: 5:30 pm; Retreat opening: 7 pm)–Sun. Aug.18, 1 pm;
Fee: Register and pay in full by July 16: $245. Registrations and payments after July 16: $260.
THE CENTERING PRAYER POST INTENSIVE RETREAT is an opportunity for more extensive periods of Centering Prayer to deepen the personal practice of contemplative prayer. The post-intensive retreat focuses more on complete silence for the duration of the retreat with no educational component presented. All meals are silent with no conversation. A minimum of one-year regular practice of Centering Prayer is a prerequisite to attend a post-intensive retreat. Facilitator: Susan Komis. Sun. Aug. 18 (Arrival: 6-6:45 pm; retreat opening: 7 pm)–Fri. Aug. 23, 4 pm;
Fee: Register and pay in full by July 18: $500. Registrations and payments after July 18: $515.
COMBINE THE TWO RETREATS: Fri. Aug. 16 (Arrival: 4:30 pm; Soup Supper: 5:30 pm; Retreat opening: 7 pm)–Fri. Aug. 23, 4 pm; Fee: Register and pay in full by July 16: $690. Registrations and payments after July 16; $710.