THE BENEDICTINE CENTER SHARES THE MONASTIC HERITAGE OF ST. PAUL'S MONASTERY with all who seek to live with the Gospel as their guide. The Benedictine Center partners with talented presenters to offer a wide array workshops, retreats, and meaningful conversations rooted in Benedictine insights about the life lived well. Whether your interests are primarily about life & work, prayer and meditation, community and connection, or art & spirituality, there’s something coming up for you.
Lean Times, Living Stories [Online]
Thursday, October 8, 9am-Noon
Samuel Rahberg and Diane Millis
When pressures and limitations seem to outweigh our sense of strength and possibility, how do people avoid becoming disheartened? By learning how to tell a more life-giving story. Narrative Theory suggests that the ongoing discipline of crafting a more genuine story, is both rooted in the reality of the moment and expands our sense of mission. During tough times, our narratives often become rote. Therefore, it is all the more incumbent that we reflect upon the stories we are telling ourselves as our communities navigate the difficulties of transition, loss, and diminishment. Join Diane Millis and Sam Rahberg for a day of collaborative reflection and an opportunity to discern new stories waiting to be told. Register online.
Praying the Psalms: : An Evening of Reflection [Online]
Tuesday, October 20 7:00-9:00pm
With vivid imagery, the psalms express the full range of human emotions, and give us insights into God and ourselves. The psalms are meant to be prayed, not simply read. We know from the Gospels that they were prayed by Jesus, and they remain essential to the prayer of Benedictine communities and the church at large. This evening of reflection encourages us to pray with the psalms in a way that makes them meaningful to us and that helps us deepen our experience of God. The evening will include a talk that provides background to the psalms and suggests ways to pray with them, a period of silent reflection on a psalm, and time for sharing and dialogue. This program will take place online via Zoom. Register online.
What Crisis Teaches: A Benedictine Perspective [Online]
Thursday, October 22, 9:00-11:00am
In the middle of a crisis, we are wide awake. Aware of how our lives are being upended, we have a clarity of mind that does not sweat the small stuff and reprioritizes what is important. But then the crisis passes, its urgency fades, and we return to life as usual. This conversation explores what we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic through the prism of Saint Benedict’s call to attentiveness, listening, and conversion of life.
This class will be offered online via Zoom. Register online.
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