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Sayings of Light and Love
(an online reading series)

Join Dr Susan Muto and the Carmelite Friars in Oxford for our online Carmelite Reading Circle of St John of the Cross’ Sayings of Light and Love series.

In this monthly online reflection series, Dr. Susan Muto and the Carmelite friars in Oxford will explore with you the precious jewels of insight and experience from The Sayings of Light and Love by St. John of the Cross, over a one-year period, starting in January of 2023. Over these twelve months, we will become companions on a faith journey, led by none other than the saint who wrote these Sayings, in his own hand. Each thread he weaves in this tapestry of truth illumines our union with God. Each merits our willingness to let their wisdom take root in our heart, all the while knowing, as our dear Master says, that without God we can do nothing. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you would not want to miss. Let yourself be guided through out 2023 by Saint John of the Cross, the great master of the spiritual life.


December 27th (Wednesday) – Open Day (launch of the reading cycle; a sort of introduction to the programme)

Then we meet on Zoom every last Tuesdays of the month in 2023. All sessions will be recorded so no one misses anything.

Time: 7pm UK time

Dates for the first 6 months

Jan 31st
Feb 28th
Mar 28th
Apr 25th
May 30th
Jun 27th

At the beginning of each month, you will receive, 15 of the 175 Sayings with the companion text that accompanies them.

Accompanying each Saying are three questions for reflection. You may want to respond to them, perhaps by dialoguing with them in a meditative reading journal, kept over the year.

At the end of each month, we will assemble virtually on Zoom to respond to further questions people may have, sharing our thoughts, and it’ll be a time for friendship and prayer.

Susan Muto, Ph. D., is executive director of the Epiphany Association and dean of the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality. She holds a doctorate in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Muto has been teaching the literature of ancient, medieval, and modern spirituality for over forty years.

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