Formation - Try On Something Spiritual: A Lenten Invitation
February 28, 2021 9:00am
Each year on Ash Wednesday, the Church invites us into the observance of a “Holy Lent.” The intention is that each of us would spend some time in self-examination and repentance, in fasting and self-denial, and in delving more deeply into the scriptures. But we don’t have to re-invent the wheel: there are many wisdom and spiritual traditions that have specialized in these Lenten areas for centuries. On four of the Sundays in Lent, we’ll explore the background and history of some of these traditions and will be invited to try on one practice in the coming week. Each class will be led by one of our beloved fellow St. Markians, each of whom regularly practices the disciplines they will be sharing.
Sundays at 9.00am
February 28 | The Rev. Elizabeth Knowlton | Ignatian Spirituality
Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus (also known as the Jesuits) in the 16th century. According to contemporary Jesuit author James Martin, their approach to life can be summarized in four ways 1) Finding God in All Things 2) Becoming a Contemplative in Action 3) Looking at the world in an Incarnational way and 4) Seeking Freedom and Detachment
March 7 | The Rev. Dr. Jane Patterson | Benedictine Spirituality
Saint Benedict gathered up much of the teaching of the earlier desert mothers and fathers into a balanced way of life for people in community, a way marked by deep listening to God, simplicity, honesty, and regular alternation of prayer and work. Benedictine values and spirituality were formative for the Anglican tradition that we are part of at St. Mark's.
March 14 | The Rev. Mary Earle | Desert Spirituality
Desert spirituality has its roots in a movement from the early centuries of the church, and is remarkable for the steady focus on the Great Commandment: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Luke 10:27). The "school" of desert spirituality offers an invitation to simplicity, to silence, to stillness, to abundant life lived with compassion for our neighbors.
March 21 | Sister Gillian Cook, O.P.| Dominican Spirituality
At the heart of Dominican spirituality is its motto "Veritas", truth; its major mission is "to praise, to bless, to preach."