Discovering the Holy in All: A Lenten Experience
In the midst of our hectic and busy lives, do you ever feel “held by God?” This Lenten retreat is about slowing down and tending to our Holy relationship with God through silent prayer, spiritual practices and Holy conversations. It’s about developing the “ears and eyes of the heart”, the dwelling place of God.
French mystic, scientist, and priest, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, says: “At the heart of matter is the heart of God.” J. Philip Newell explains this phrase, “The deeper we move in the body of creation and in the inner landscape of the human soul, the closer we come to the Presence. Christ carries a tune that is at the heart of matter. It is not a tune that separates us from the rest of the world. Rather it leads us into the deepest sound of the hymn of the universe.”
St. Ignatius of Loyola, a Spanish priest, theologian, mystic and the author of The Spiritual Exercises, says, “he who carries God in his heart bears heaven with him wherever he goes.” This carrying allows us to discover the holy in all things. It helps us live out Proverbs 15:3 “the eyes of the Lord are in every place.” In 2 Corinthians 1:22 we are reminded that God has “given us his Holy Spirit in our hearts as guarantee that we belong to him.”
Our Christian faith and all major religions offer different ways of seeing and different ways of listening as a path to this belonging with God. What is their commonality for all of us?
When we find this, we find the Holy in All, the universal truth.
We discover how God best works in our hearts when we set time aside to listen and reflect. You will have this opportunity throughout the weekend when we offer the following spiritual practices: The Breath Prayer, The Examen, guided imagery, Body Healing Prayer, centering prayer and others. We will also examine how other faith traditions see and hear the Holy in All. You will have a large portion of Saturday afternoon to enjoy the Labyrinth and the beautiful grounds too. You just need to show up.
Lent is a good time to show up and wait on God. After all, Jesus waited for 40 days and 40 nights in the desert until the Angels attended to him.
Presented by Kathy Anderson and Susan Boruff. Check-in begins at 3pm on Friday. Dinner is served at 6pm and then the retreat will begin after dinner.
A double occupancy lodging room option is also available for this retreat. If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Murphy at Jennifer_Murphy@nullrccbonsecours.com.
Kathy Quinn Anderson has been planning, writing, and leading retreats for 20 years. She completed the Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreat Program at The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC in 2011. In May, 2018, she completed the Introduction to Spiritual Direction Program sponsored by The Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center. She has facilitated workshops and retreats at our Center, Shrine Mont Retreat Center and many churches in the northern Virginia area as well as Georgia and North Carolina. In addition, she is certified in stress management. She currently leads a weekly centering prayer group at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls, Virginia. She is a Dale Carnegie Graduate and Stephen Leader. Kathy holds a degree in Institutional Management from the University of New Hampshire. She has two grown children and currently resides in Reston, Virginia with her husband, Dana, of 39 years.
Susan Flynn Boruff is a certified spiritual director, retreat guide and meditation practitioner of twenty years. She completed the Spiritual Guidance Program at The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC in 2006. She has facilitated workshops and retreats at our Center, Shrine Mont Retreat Center and many churches in the northern Virginia area as well as Georgia and North Carolina. Susan completed training in Bio-Spiritual Focusing Therapy and is a Stephen Leader. She holds a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Carolina. She has two grown children and currently resides in Charleston, SC with her husband, Brian, of 31 years.