Father Mark Dean, OMI, writes:
As the disciples walked along the road to Emmaus (cf. Lk 24: 13f) they were joined by a stranger who opened for them a complete new understanding of scriptures well-known to them.
I would like to share with you how, with the help of Fr. James Alison (a stranger, perhaps, to you at this time), I have come to see the Scriptures in a new light… a light whose source is the Risen Christ.
We will first look at a way of understanding ourselves (through a look at how human culture is formed), and how this self-understanding impacts our understanding of God.
We will also look at how the Risen Lord was not at all the kind of Risen Lord which the disciples could have expected. He came to them, quite unexpectedly, as Forgiving Victim.
Then we will look at some well-known parables and see how they may point us in a direction we had not anticipated when seen through the heart of Jesus, the Forgiving Victim. Such new insights may cause us to reconsider how we understand such terms as "God's wrath..." or Atonement theology.
Father Mark serves at the King’s Retreat House in Belleville, Illinois, providing retreats and presentations.
Cost: $335 for retreat and meals - or - $460 for retreat, meals, and overnight room. If you would like to register for the retreat and meals, but not overnight space, use the coupon code Scriptures at checkout for the $335 price.
$200 for Dominican Sisters and other religious. Sisters, please call the front desk to register at this price.
Register with Dominican Center front desk by calling 616.514.3325.
Silence the world around you. Silence the world within you. Silence the thoughts that shout out to you. In the stillness hear God’s voice. In the quiet, sense the Divine’s presence and the spiritual love that is waiting to embrace you. Gently enter into silence during this retreat experience. A spiritual director will be here to companion with you on this summer silent retreat.
This retreat is held at the Augustine Center Retreat House. The center is a retreat house welcoming individuals and groups for ongoing formation, education, and spirituality. The Augustine Center is located in Conway, Michigan, on the northern border of Petoskey.
Cost: $465. Includes spiritual direction, meals, and room. Space is limited. Financial scholarships are available. Call to request information.
The best gift that you can give the world is a you that is fully present. Come, retreat to a place focused on quieting the environment around and all that is within you. Learn to respond to your need and longing for time and space to renew body, mind, and spirit. Come on your own, invite a friend, or gather with a special group to Be Still in Sacred Spaces.
Gentle Yoga: Come Home to Yourself with Kathy Julien - Return home to yourself as you build awareness of your breath, observe the body's sensations, and expand the heart. Gentle yoga is suitable for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions.
I Light: Release and Trust the Journey, with Leara Glinzak, MSAT - Using an art experiential, explore how creativity and faith, when woven together, create centering. Ground in your faith and experience a creative process and an art therapy directive that will guide you on an introspective journey.
Labyrinth Walk: Connect With Your Truth, with Susan Duesbery - Known as a path of prayer the labyrinth has an uncanny ability to help access our deepest truths. In challenging times, labyrinth walking graciously offers profound guidance on how to navigate our journeys with an open, loving heart.
Sacred Scripture, with Nahed Fernando - Experience a contemplative reading of Sacred Scripture, guided meditation, and time of contemplation. Through stillness, journaling, and sharing we will seek more presence and openness as our spirits move into a deeper awareness of God.
Write Your Way to Stillness, with Sandra Mitchell - Using guided contemplation, a writing prompt, sharing, and non-judgmental feedback, this transformational writing experience is open to writers of all levels. As you put pen to paper, discover your deepest truths and allow your heart’s energy to create healing stillness.
Zentangle®: Be Present, with Amy Kam, CZT - The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. This artistic meditation creates a safe space to discover new ways to open up to your self-expression and allows you to see the beauty in all things.