Topic: Listening For God’s Gentle Whisper:
An Invitation to Christian Mindfulness
Jesus tells us in Matthew 6, excerpts from verses 25-34, "...do not worry... is not life more than possessions and things... look at the birds in the air... see how the flowers of the field grow... seek God first... do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself..." Throughout the Gospels, Jesus spent many a night on a mountain praying, which means he did it more often than what we read in the short stories in the Bible.
Jesus is asking us to be mindful. Mindfulness, the practice of focused attention in the present moment, can help us tune into God and ourselves with more awareness. It has been shown that being mindful improves our physical and mental health, helps reduce stress, and allows us to be more compassionate, non-judgmental, and open-minded. It will also help us tune into God's voice more efficiently. Jesus is the ultimate healer, and knows what is best for us holistically.
Please bring your Bible, An object or something that is meaningful to set up the altar, and things you want with you as you spend quiet time with God.
Thursday, October 7, 2021 2:00 p.m. (check in time – we start at 5pm) to Sunday October 10, 2021 1:00 p.m. (we leave after lunch Sunday). This gives a 4 night/day weekend at the Monastery. Overnight accommodations for three nights, 9 meals, and all supplies - $235 per person double, or $335 single. Rooms are simple but very nice, air conditioned/heated, and bathroom and linens are also included.
The Drive to St. Meinrad is 2 hours and 45 minutes. Check in time is 2pm, so leaving at 10:30am would give you time to stop for lunch. Carpooling is suggested, and using the drive time to prepare yourselves for the quiet weekend is highly recommended.
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