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Being in Love with Love:
The Mystic Path of Blessed John Ruusbroec

A silent retreat devoted to exploring the teachings of the 14th century Christian mystic Blessed John Ruusbroec. Carefully following guidelines found in his classic work The Divine Espousals, we will explore the interior path that leads into "dark stillness in which all lovers lose their way." Time will be given for group silent meditation, personal reflection and discussion of the themes presented. The retreat is intended to be both a basic introduction for beginners and a more source of ongoing encouragement for those more experienced in contemplative spirituality.

The topics covered in the conferences include:
  • The Active Life, in which we begin to find God in the hidden center of our daily activities and concerns.
  • The Interior Life, in which we go deeper in awakening to God's love, wholly permeating every aspect of our lives.
  • The Contemplative Life, in which the last traces of our confusion and fear dissolve in God's love, allowing us to live in the daily awareness that God's love is the very reality of ourselves, others and all things.
Suggested Reading

There is no required reading prior to the retreat.

Those who care to prepare for the retreat can read James A. Wiseman (trans.). John Ruusbroec. The Spiritual Espousals and Other Works. Paulist Press, 1985. Copies of this book will also be available for sale at the retreat.

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