MN Contemplative Outreach 2020 Fall Retreat
With Grateful Hearts:
Personal Reflections on the Spiritual Journey
Guest Presenter: Shawn Kafader
Begins: Friday, October 16 at 5:00 p.m.
Ends: Sunday, October 18 at 10:00 a.m.
With Grateful Hearts, guided by nationally acclaimed presenter Shawn Kafader and rooted in the practice of Centering Prayer, will deepen your awareness of the Divine Indwelling, and help us give life and voice to what we often keep inside ourselves.
Shawn will use the late Thomas Merton's stages of spiritual development as a basis for helping each participant explore their own personal spiritual journey.
The retreat will offer 5 Conferences, based on the writings of Thomas Merton:
In addition to these conferences and multiple Centering Prayer sessions, time will be dedicated for reflection, as well as brief small group sharing circles. (see Schedule below)
Our suggested offering for the three day retreat is $45. We well understand that several who may want to attend may be experiencing economic adversity of one kind or another. We invite you to take part in the retreat at a reduced rate.
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2. Insights from the Reading (optional)
Join us to reflect on some of Merton's writings. Excerpts from Merton's writings will be emailed each week for you to reflect on.
Leading up to the Fall Retreat, we will meet by Zoom on five consecutive Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. (Sept. 13, 20, 27, and Oct. 4, 11). Facilitated by Laurie Erickson.
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3. Special Centering Prayer for Retreatants (optional)
Our intention is to deepen connections prior to the retreat, provide attendees an opportunity to arrange and try out their contemplative "zoom room" set up, and to provide brief instruction on the 4 Guidelines for anyone new to the practice of Centering Prayer. Leading up to the fall retreat, we will meet by Zoom on five consecutive Sunday evenings at 8:00 p.m. (Sept. 13, 20, 27, and Oct. 4, 11).
Attend one meeting, or all. Facilitated by Adam Gordon.
Flow of the Retreat
"To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us - and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him."
An Invitation from Shawn Kafader
Presenter Shawn Kafader is a 30-year practitioner and group facilitator of Centering Prayer, and has served on the Chicago chapter leadership team. Shawn is a former member of the national Contemplative Outreach Chapter Program and Service team, he is an ordained non-denominational minister, and recently retired from his work as Healthcare Chaplain at Friendship Village in Schaumburg, Illinois.
"Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience.
And that is what makes all the difference."
From Amazon: "In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of this influential spiritual leader, this pocket-sized collection draws together words from some of Merton's greatest works including The Seven Storey Mountain, No Man is an Island, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, and more. Characteristically Merton, each quote is accompanied by a related Scripture passage to ponder, along with suggested prayers and actions. Spend thirty days with this beloved spiritual writer and begin your own journey toward greater joy, peace, and hope."
"But the truth of our contemplation is this: that never more than today has He made His presence felt by 'being absent.' In this, then, we are most faithful: that we prefer the darkness, and in the very depths of our being, value this emptiness and apparent absence. We need not struggle vainly to make Him present, if such struggles are a mockery. Leave nothingness as it is.
In it, He is present." —Thomas Merton