As we grow older, we become more conscious of the new realities that life holds for us. We invite you to come together and grow in community with others who are experiencing the process of aging. In a setting of prayer, peace and beauty we will share what is stirring in us, listen to valuable reflections and enter into prayer that will touch our hearts and spirits. All of this will enrich our later years, offer us wisdom and peace, and help us to become more conscious of God’s presence in all aspects of our lives.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 (includes lunch)
January 7, 2020, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Self-Care and Self-Compassion as We Age
God created us in God’s image out of God’s overwhelming love. We are God’s beloved. We participate in God’s ongoing creation by caring for ourselves—body/mind/spirit persons—with tender care and great compassion. In this reflection, we will explore what this looks like as we age. Presenter: Mary Anne Nolan, RSM
January 21, 2020, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Aging and Mysticism: Hildegarde of Bingen
One of the most gifted of the Medieval Mystics, Hildegarde saw and loved the created world as she imagined God did. She was convinced of the inter-relatedness of all things and had an understanding of the universe as a living, organic entity. She desired that others would “taste and see” the goodness of God. She was a poet, musician, healer, artist and Benedictine nun. Today she is a canonized saint and a Doctor of the Church. A fascinating woman! Presenter: Marie Michele Donnelly, RSM
February 4, 2020, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
God’s Presence in the Midst of Suffering
No one of us can escape suffering in our lives. We will ponder where God is found in the midst of our suffering: What is God feeling? What is God doing? We will consider what meaning suffering might hold for us in our lives. Presenter: Mary Anne Nolan, RSM
February 18, 2020, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Aging and Mysticism: Teresa of Avila
Teresa’s greatest legacy to persons of faith is her teaching on prayer, which she set forth in her classic The Interior Castle. She was very much convinced that every person has the capacity to realize the presence of God in one’s self. Even though her writings were questioned by the Inquisition, it is her definition of prayer that is used today in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Let’s ask her to help us learn how to pray! Presenter: Marie Michele Donnelly, RSM
March 10, 2020, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Finishing Strong: A Spirituality of Living and Dying
The older we get, the more conscious we become of the reality of death. As our loved ones die, we realize that we, too, one day will return to God. We will reflect on how we can live the last years of our lives in grace and with peace and how we can face the reality of our own death with hope and even joy. Presenter: Mary Anne Nolan, RSM
March 24, 2020, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Aging and Mysticism: Thomas Merton
Merton’s remarkable and enduring popularity indicates that he speaks to the minds and hearts of people searching for answers to life questions. He invites people to explore deep places within themselves and offers insights into the paradoxes of life. He wrestles with how to be a contemplative in a world of action – without a quick fix or “Ten Easy Steps to a Successful Spiritual Life.” We will examine what this “modern mystic” has to offer. Presenter: Marie Michele Donnelly, RSM
April 21, 2020, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Aging and Mysticism: Dorothy Day
“Don’t call me a saint! I don’t want to be dismissed so easily.” This quote from Dorothy gives a glimpse into her life and legacy. Dorothy was about a radical movement that was faithful to the Gospel AND the Church. She was immersed in the social issues of the day, with the aim of transforming both individuals and society – until her very last days! What will she inspire in us? Presenter: Mary Anne Nolan, RSM
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