Home >> Online Talks & Retreats >> Spiritual Enrichment Lecture Series

Discerning Growth/Regression in Prayer

16th October 2021
2:45pm-4:25pm via Zoom


All difficulties in prayer can be traced to one cause: praying as if God were absent.

St. Teresa of Avila

In this presentation, some of the key themes in understanding, and discerning growth/ regression in the life of prayer will be explored, drawing primarily from St Teresa’s book, The Interior Castle. In particular, the various psychological factors regarding distractions and obstacles in prayer will be discussed.

This online talk will help you discern and become more aware of your growth or regresson in your spiritual life and how to tackle it.

About the Talk

Your Speaker

Julienne McLean

Julienne McLean practises as a psychologist and Jungian analyst. She is a Visiting Scholar in Christian Spirituality at Sarum College, Salisbury and also teaches at St Mary’s University, Twickenham,
London. For many years, she has led retreats, workshops and study groups throughout the UK. Julienne’s book, Towards Mystical Union (St Pauls, 2003, 2013 & 2017), is a modern spiritual and psychological commentary on St Teresa’s classic text on contemplative prayer, The Interior Castle.

Schedule

2:45pm – Zoom opens
3:00pm – Welcome, Introduction and Opening Prayer
3:05pm – Session One
3:40pm – Break
3:50pm – Session Two
4:25pm – Concluding prayers

We hope to see you there!

To Register for this Online Talk
£20

More Online Talks in the SELS Series

Distractions in Prayer

Starting 30th October 2021

In this online talk, we reflect on our struggles with prayer life and the fundamental question, however, is what meaning do distractions hold for our prayer and the spiritual journey as a whole?

Contemplative Reading: Lectio Divina

Starting 13th November 2021

In this online talk, we explore how to approach the scriptures in a prayerful way and allow the word of God to draw us deeper into the mystery of the Word among us.

Contemplative Vision: Praying with Art/Photography

Starting 27th November 2021

In this online talk, we will be invited to prayerful attentiveness to God’s presence in the ‘holy’ as well as in the ordinariness of our everyday lives – amidst the pots and pans as St Teresa puts it.

The Three Ways of the Spiritual Life and Prayer – The Fiery Nights

Starting 11th December 2021

In this online talk, we will be looking at St John of the Cross’ approach to the traditional concept of the three ways of the spiritual life - the purgative; the illuminative & the unitive, taking as a guiding image John’s use of the log in the fire.

The Living Flame of Love: Encountering the Mystery

Starting 21st December 2021

In this online talk, we will reflect on the works of St John of the Cross. St John of the Cross’s book, The Living Flame of Love, is both a hymn of praise to the Blessed Trinity, and a call to encounter God in life and prayer. The first session of the presentation will look at what the Flame tells us about God and humanity; the second will consider the implications of this, in John’s view, for a life of prayer.

The Eucharist: Source and Summit of Prayer

Starting 8th January 2022

In this online talk, we will reflect on the Eucharist and its importance in Christian life. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. At the same time, it is a memorial that brings about and celebrates as well as proclaims the Presence of the beloved who delights to be with us (see Matt 18:20; Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:24–26). Carmel lives in great depth the mystery of the Eucharist, the hidden presence of the Lord who is with us as Emmanuel, God-with-us; and who walks the journey of life with us as our friend. This presentation explores how the Carmelite experience of prayer disposes us to witness to the world the experience of friendship with the One who invites us to his table and reveals himself “in the breaking of the bread.” (Luke 24:35)

Transformed by Prayer

Starting 22nd January 2022

In this online presentation, we will consider the purpose of prayer asking the important question: why prayer? The spiritual disciplines and Carmelite values – silence, solitude, regularity, intentionality, availability – which support and nurture a life of prayer will be highlighted. It will also underscore how prayer as not so much as doing but as being – presence and availability to the divine transforming Presence – enables transformation as such regular availability leaves us vulnerable to God’s recreating and renewing action (see Psalm 51:10). For in the presence of the living God we cannot remain as we came but are transformed in ever-increasing glory (see 2 Corinthians 3:18).