Spiritual Autobiography as Contemplative Practice

Friday, February 22, 6:30 to 8:30pm and
Saturday, February 23, 9:00am to 1:00pm

To better understand our encounter with Holy Mystery, to check out our insights in a community of seekers, to remember and ponder the ephemeral grace of insight: these are some reasons to write spiritual autobiography. What each of us has to say about the spiritual journey makes up a kind of theology of experience, significant for the writer and the community. We will explore writing as a contemplative practice, spontaneous and imperfect. We will honor our stories and then release them, seeds of new creation. On Friday, we will study the interactions among prayer, mindfulness, lectio divina, and writing. On Saturday, we will go more deeply into writing and sharing our narratives.

Presenter: Mary Rose O’Reilley is the author of The Love of Impermanent Things: A Threshold Ecology and The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd. Her first book of poetry, Half Wild won the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, judged by Mary Oliver. Her second, Earth, Mercy, is forthcoming this spring. Other awards include a McKnight Award of Distinction and a Bush Artist’s fellowship.  An emerita professor at the University of St. Thomas, she works these days as a musician, potter, and teacher of contemplative studies.

“Religious experience at its roots is experience of an unconditional and unrestricted being-in-love. But what we are in love with remains something that we have to find out.”
Bernard Lonergan, S. J.

WHEN: Friday, February 22, 6:30-8:30 pm, Saturday, February 23, 9:00 am-1:00 pm

COST:$ 75.00 (includes lunch)