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Retreat: The Wisdom of Teresa of Avila:
Responding to the Summons of the Second Half of Life

The Wisdom of Teresa of Avila: Responding to the Summons of the Second Half of Life

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Too few people know that there is a further journey following the first half of life. As we age and consider retirement, or go through transitions in our work, in our families, in our community, in our health, we want to reach out for guidance and wisdom.

Teresa of Avila (1515-1585), a Spanish Carmelite, wrote at the age of 62 years her classic Interior Castle. This brilliant text is a summary of her experience of God – a map of a spiritual journey – about her relationship with God inclusive of the blessings and distractions encountered in the second half of life.

We will reflect on and explore how the seven dwelling places of the Interior Castle can guide us in understanding and navigating our spiritual journey.

Led by Maureen McDonnell, D.Min., who currently leads a program in Spirituality and Aging in a Toronto parish. Following her retirement from teaching at Regis College, Toronto, her desire is for all to have the opportunity to deepen and enjoy their spiritual life for service in the world.

  • Begins 9:30 am with a gathering for coffee; ends 4 pm
  • Fee: $30 if you bring a bag lunch ($25 for Associates and Oblates) A hot meal is an additional $15
  • Registration deadline: January 19, 2019
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  • One of the editions of Interior Castle is online for view/free download at Documenta Catholica Omnia.eu »

  • All retreats and quiet days at St. John’s Convent take place in the milieu of a contemporary monastic community which has a daily rhythm of prayer. All guests are invited to take part in the daily Eucharist, and those staying overnight may like to join us in the Divine Office (Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline).
  • See the regular chapel and meal schedule here »

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