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

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

11th December 2021

2:45pm-4:25pm via Zoom


“Faith is a dark night for man, but in this very way it gives him light.”.

St John of the Cross

This presentation 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. This will lead into an exploration of what John means by the dark night of the senses and of the spirit, looking at all the connotations for John of the term “dark”. Exploring the relationship between John’s poem The Dark Night and the Easter hymn The Exsultet we will consider the centrality of the Paschal Mystery and the implications of baptism for any understanding of the dark night experience.

Schedule

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

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).