‘An introduction to finding God through silent contemplative prayer’ Thursday 5th February– Sunday 8th February 2015 Jesus says "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest" (Mark 6: 31) Come along to this spiritual weekend and learn in a comfortable environment how to listen to listen to the voice of the Lord and reconnect, as Pope John Paul II said, to the ‘mystical tradition of the Church.’ During the course of the weekend we will be learning how Gods voice can come in the silence, for example with the prophet Elijah God’s voice came ‘like a gentle whisper’, We find this in: I Kings 19:11-13. The Lord said to Elijah 'Go out and stand before me on the mountain' and as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. ‘The Lord was in the gentle whisper.’ Many times when God speaks to us, He speaks in this manner. We're so busy looking for the "larger-than-life" stuff that we miss Him. He speaks in the quiet recesses of our hearts. He speaks through others, and we need to take the time to listen. Ros Powell will lay a foundation on ‘going deeper in your walk with Jesus’ which will include some of the teachings of Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross. The weekend will begin with “soaking” prayer, where you will learn to relax and listen to God without a personal agenda; you will continue to explore contemplative prayer in the tradition of the Church. Discover a new and deeper relationship with God as you quieten yourself and draw close to Him in silent contemplation. Your journey into contemplation will be guided through shared sessions and feedback; also spiritual direction will be available for each participant. To ease you in gently only part of the weekend will be spent in silence. Bring a bible, a cushion and blanket.
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