What would our spiritual life be like if we took Jesus at his word?! Jesus’ prayer is that we have a unity with God that is precisely the same as the Father’s unity with the Son. Secondly, the glory that God has given Jesus, Jesus has given to us. Again, it is precisely the same glory. So how do we experience the impact of this unity and this glory? Our retreat will focus on both those aspects of the divine life already in us and how to experience both more fully.
Retreat Overview: Our retreat will be looking at the Trinity, not in a theoretical manner that has little to do with everyday life, but as a dynamic template operating within, and at the core of, all reality: ourselves as persons, all relationships, nature, indeed, the entire cosmos. The content of the retreat will be drawn primarily from two sources, Richard Rohr’s The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation and Cynthia Bourgeault’s, The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of Christianity.
Focus: Our time together will focus on experiencing the Trinity as the template for how all things in creation interrelate. The Trinity has been described by Rohr and Bourgeault as a pattern of mutual giving and receiving. With such a dynamic at work, all of creation can be experienced as relational, benevolent, and life-giving.
- To learn the 2 paradigms: The classical one moving from individual persons and the idea of substance versus the one proposed by Richard Rohr of moving from Trinity as one dynamic relationship into which we are called and which we can actually experience
- To see how each image of God affects our prayer and our choices
- To understand what it would take to live out of a new template
- To create a plan that makes it happen
This will be a silent retreat. Check-in begins at 3pm on Friday. Dinner will be at 6pm and the retreat will begin at 7pm. Silence will begin after the opening session.
Father Nicholas Amato is no stranger to our retreat center. He has served more than 20 years as a pastor in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and is a graduate of the Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC. He is an Associate member of Mepkin Trappist Abbey and has studied at the Vatican and in Israel. His ministry includes directing contemplative retreats and offering days of recollection. He has served as associate faculty at the Shalem Institute in Washington, DC and as a member of the Spiritual Formation Department at St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring. He has Masters degrees in Counseling and in Theology, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Administration. He is the author of Living in God: Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action and available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites. A second book entitled Moving from Stress to Joy was recently published.