When we embody more of our real self and listen to the parts hidden deep within us rather than trying to eliminate these aspects of ourselves, our inner dialogues change spontaneously. The extreme voices within us calm down. They begin to feel good things: safer, lighter, freer, more open, more playful. When we listen to our parts rather than exiling or suppressing them, we do not have to work so hard and the parts are able to transform.
On our day of recollection we will open ourselves to contemplative prayer as a way of achieving full awareness and inner calm to look at these hidden parts of ourselves and allow them to speak. This can be an energizing state affording us the grace, by the end of the day together, to feel connected to something much bigger than we are, namely, who we are in God. Guided by Fr. Nicholas Amato. Lunch is included.
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. 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.