October 2017 : Event Details
Fri, Oct 13 - 7pm
Sun, Oct 15 - 11am
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke
Thomas Merton
A Retreat in Nature with Thomas Merton
“Out here in the woods I can think of nothing except God, and it is not so much that I think of Him either. I am as aware of him as of the sun and the clouds and the blue sky and the thin cedar trees.” - Thomas Merton

Join Center Director Fr. Ken VanHaverbeke for this special weekend retreat based on the teachings of Thomas Merton.

“I live in the woods out of necessity. I get out of bed in the middle of the night because it is imperative that I hear the silence of the night, alone, and, with my face on the floor, say psalms, alone, in the silence of the night.”

Our retreat will introduce or reintroduce you to Thomas Merton, God’s revelation through our natural senses, and our human needs, desires, and identity.

Intertwining Thomas Merton’s journal entries and through prayer, scripture reading, discussion, and reflection on the saints and nature we will reflect on topics such as: The power of God and our powerlessness; detachment; desire; and finally our blessedness.  

“…the silence of the forest is my bride and the sweet dark warmth of the whole world is my love and out of the heart of that dark warmth comes the secret that is heard only in silence, but it is the root of all secrets that are whispered by all the lovers in their beds all over the world.”  

Program Code: 17SFR10505
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