How and where do we sense the hidden work of God birthing love in the darkness? In the midst of confusion and unknowing, both at the personal and societal levels, what glimmers of star shine guide us? Psychiatrist and spiritual writer, Gerald May, reminds us that the “Dark Night” is a profoundly good thing — a place within where a deep transformation happens mysteriously and gives meaning to life.
On our retreat, we will experience the thin veil between the worlds that allows the grace of the Spirit to touch us with hope and courage, when we feel afraid and alone. We will be invited to make or renew a commitment to contemplative grounding in the midst of the Dark Night. We gather to walk with each other in deep wonder and attentiveness to glimpses of the Divine. This is a silent weekend retreat. Check-in begins at 3pm on Friday. Dinner will be served at 6pm and the retreat will begin at 7pm. The retreat concludes with lunch on Sunday.
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 continues to offer retreats there as well. 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 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 early 2020 he will publish Seekers: One and All which, as his other books, will also be available from Amazon.