Silent Saturday Lenten Program
Saturday Mar. 4 from 9:00am – 1:00pm
St. Bridget’s Catholic Church – 2213 N. Lindsay Rd. Mesa, Arizona 85213
"A Taste of Beauty, Truth and Wisdom”
A morning of Silent Prayer in our Catholic Contemplative Tradition
Featuring a video series with two of the most influential Catholic teachers from our time - Fr. Thomas Keating and Fr. Richard Rohr.
Fr. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His teaching and writings focus on the practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized. Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books and video series.
Fr. Thomas Keating is a founding member and the spiritual guide of Contemplative Outreach, LTD. Fr. Keating is one of the principal architects and teachers of the Christian contemplative prayer movement. Contemplative Outreach is a manifestation of his longtime desire to contribute to the recovery of the contemplative dimension of Christianity. Fr. Keating's interest in contemplative prayer began during his freshman year at Yale University in 1940. Prompted by his and prayer and meditation, he experienced a profound realization that, on a spiritual level, the Scriptures call people to a personal relationship with God. Fr. Keating took this call to heart and he entered an austere monastic community of the Trappist Order in Valley Falls, Rhode Island in January of 1944, at the age of 20.
“Goodness – a sense of out-flowing, abundance, with no need for self-promotion.
Truth – groundedness, validity, integrity – I am what I am…
Beauty – harmony, balance, pleasing, an energy that gives hope.
All three are manifested in one who lives the contemplative life for the manifestation of the community of the Trinity.” ~ Fr. Richard Rohr
“Without some beauty in life it is hard to find rest and peace. We need to make a space for beauty. Stop thinking and doing. Allow yourself to receive and be bathed in beauty. Silence and stillness are the most beautiful of the beautiful so that you can become beauty. Cultivate silence, plunge into it and know the greatest silence is love.”
~ Fr. Thomas Keating
Our Four Talks will focus on:
Part 1: Fr. Thomas Keating - Fr. Thomas poses the question, "What do you want to become?" “The one who saves his life bring himself to ruin” (9: 24-25). “But anyone who brings themselves to nothing will find out who they are."
Part 2: Fr. Richard Rohr - Fr. Richard explores descriptions of Being itself: Goodness, Truth and Beauty -- drawn from the teaching of Aristotle and Plato. Each of these attributes can be applied to God, People and Nature.
Part 3: Thomas Keating and Richard Rohr - This dialogue covers these themes: creation as on-going; unity in diversity; and deepening insights into the Incarnation and Trinity; suffering as an experience of receptivity leading to joy.
Part 4 Thomas Keating’s Homily - We need to make a space for beauty. Stop thinking and doing. Allow yourself to receive and be bathed in beauty.