Journal Writing As a Spiritual Exercise
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a practice that was more than just the writing of what’s going on in my life? In a sense we already know what’s going on each day, but the actions often lack reflection, direction, and action that could lead to transformation over time.
On our day of recollection, we will consider three different ways to journal, each with outcomes that could make a difference in the quality of your living. In the afternoon session, you get to apply the three to possible issues and concerns that arise in your life.
Our Friends Day of Prayer retreats are held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. Everyone is welcome to attend and you can drop into any month. It’s not required to attend every month. Fr. Nicholas will give a morning presentation, followed by Mass in the chapel, a delicious lunch, and an afternoon presentation. Free time will be offered to walk the labyrinth, spend quiet time in prayer or shop in the bookstore.
Father Nicholas is no stranger at Bon Secours and offers several retreats each year. In 2008 he became an Associate member of Mepkin Trappist Abbey and has offered retreats there over the years. He 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 has studied at the Vatican and in Israel. He has served as adjunct faculty at the Shalem Institute 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 (2016) and Moving from Stress to Joy (2018). In 2020 he will publish Seekers: One and All, which as his other books, will also be available from Amazon.