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Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics

March 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Tuesday, repeating until April 4, 2017


Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics

Tuesday mornings 10:30 to 12:30

January 10th through April 4th, 2017
On the Oblate Campus at the Rock House
Facilitated by Rev. Mary Earle and Rosalyn Collier

This course will take us on a journey through our inner life accompanied by twelve great monks and mystics from the Christian Tradition.  Each figure will invite us to discover the energy and potential of a particular archetype – the inner sage in St. Benedict, the inner visionary in St. Hildegard von Bingen and the inner orphan in Dorothy Day.  From the prophet Miriam of the Hebrew scriptures to twentieth century monk Thomas Merton, these 13 weeks will offer an array of challenging and enlivening models to explore.

Each week will begin with a time of meditation on an icon, followed by body prayer, personal written reflection, gospel story, questions for small group discussion, and closing with poem/prayer.  The insightful reflections on key selections of each mystic’s writings will help us to gain greater self-knowledge and experience a deeper encounter with God.

The sessions are based on the book Illuminating the Way by Christine Valters Paintner, who is a Benedictine Oblate and the online abbess for Abbey of the Arts (a virtual monastery offering classes and resources on contemplative practice and creative expressions.)

The book will be available for sale at the first session for $11.75.


Tuesdays from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Wk 1      Jan 10        Introductions and Introduction
Wk 2      Jan 17        St. Francis of Assisi
Wk 3      Jan 24        King David
Wk 4      Jan 31        Mary, Mother of Jesus
Wk 5      Feb 7          Dorothy Day
Wk 6      Feb 14        Amma Syncletica
Wk 7      Feb 21        St. Brigid of Kildare
Wk 8      Feb 28        St. Brendan the Navigator
Wk 9      Mar 7          St. Benedict of Nursia
Wk 10    Mar 14        Miriam the prophet
Wk 11    Mar 21        Rainier Maria Rilke
Wk 12    Mar 28        St. Hildegard von Bingen
Wk 13    April 4         Thomas Merton



March 21
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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The Rock House
285 Oblate Drive
San Antonio, TX 78216
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(210) 341-1366 ext 212