Silent Prayer

‘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
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