Here is an announcement from my "website" (in quotes because it's really a blog that functions as a website janeredmont.blogspot.com) about some online retreats I am offering this Lent. As you will see below, there are links to further information and registration.
Do join us for one of the retreats! There is a fee for the retreat, but on a sliding scale, and we can accommodate you, whether you can afford the "benefactor" level or you are in a situation of financial hardship.
|art by Thomas Merton|
What, you say? A second pandemic Lent?
Can Lent be life-giving, faith-deepening, full of meaning when, for many, the entire past year has felt like Lent?
How will we live Lent in 2021?
Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in Christian churches of the Western traditions, was last week. Today is the first Sunday of Lent. Here we are.
We go on this retreat, not necessarily to a different geographical place, especially this year, but to a zone of mindfulness and practice that reorients our hearts and helps us to reconnect, deeply, with God, with Jesus Christ, with the Spirit at the heart of God's life and the life of the world.
We clear some space and time --even a little bit of each-- to to make room for the God of comfort and surprises and to remember what is deepest and truest in our lives. Lent is for the sake of Easter. It is a time of renewal. It is a sober time, but not a gloomy time. It is a time of self-examination, but not a time of cruelty. It is a time of attentiveness and a time of turning --of conversion. Transformation is not always easy, but it is possible. Grace is present. Always.
THOMAS MERTON, COMPANION ON THE WAY
This six-week online retreat examines contemplation and struggle in the life, writings, and prayer of Thomas Merton, with guidance and opportunity for prayer and practice. Merton, a 20th century Trappist monk, was also a writer, poet, spiritual teacher, artist, social critic, and pioneer in interreligious and intermonastic dialogue. I have offered versions of this retreat before. For more detailed information and to register, click here.
LENT FOR LIFE: RENEWING BODY AND SPIRIT
A six-week retreat of prayer, practice, and reflection on the life-giving dimensions of this second Lent of the coronavirus pandemic. It will include a lot of focus on the body and bodies: our own bodies, Earth's body, our neighbors' bodies, the body of Christ. For more detailed information and to register, click here.
LENT FOR LAGGARDS: (Re)DISCOVERING THE MERCY OF GOD
All of the retreats have a structure and a schedule, but they are flexible enough to integrate into your daily life: you are the one who decides when and where to read and pray with the materials offered on the retreat and how to apply the invitations to practice.
Peace be with you. Please join us on the journey of Lent.