Addressing members of the Pontifical Theological Faculty Teresianum 75 years after its foundation by the Order of Discalced Carmelites, Pope Benedict XVI recommends the practice of spiritual direction to every Christian.
Vatican Radio reported, "Meeting them in the Vatican, the Pope praised the academic community saying it is strengthened by the wealth of a great spiritual family, namely St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, who were witnesses of contemplative life and inflamed Europe and the world."
Reporting the full text of Pope Bendict's address, ZENIT posted:
The Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pa., have launched what they describe as a lay monastic movement for seekers of God and a meaningful life, calling it “our gift to the next generation.”
“Monasteries of the Heart: A New Movement for a New World” offers an opportunity for anyone--regardless, or even in the absence, of faith tradition -- to live Benedictine spirituality and values with online communities or in face-to-face groups of family, friends, neighbors or fellow churchgoers, they said.
Are you passionate about spiritual guidance and cultivating compassion? Consider sharing your insight, talent, and area of excellence with the global, multifaith learning community of Spiritual Directors International.
Please discern if you want to propose a ninety minute or three hour workshop for the 2012 Spiritual Directors International educational events. All proposals must be received by May 30, 2011. Full details and process are online.
April 19 - 23, 2012 Theme: Cultivating Compassion Boston, Massachusetts, USA
In addition to more than fifty YouTube videos in the "SDI Learns From..." series about spiritual direction, Spiritual Directors International created a section for videos that will inspire and teach us about Cultivating Compassion in our lives and communities.
The new design of the homepage offers a visual idea of where we think the website is heading—showing you primary content headers. (Note: specific text in paragraphs is not included.)
Many people responded to our initial survey when we began the new website design process. We've incorporated your thoughts, and hope you'll give us an opinion as we move to the next step of launching a completely fresh website. Same content--easier to find, share, and interact with. Plus more resources in development!
When we travel to a conference or educational event, we invest our time, energy, and resources into the experience. We want to enter as fully as possible into new learning, insights, connections, and engagement with our deepest self and those who gather in an international learning community. We want to grow in gratefulness for the people and places we encounter. The reality is, when we attend something, we really tend our life. We will each do this in our own way—as introverts, extroverts, with our age, abilities, current life responsibilities, commitments, and dreams. When we show up and tend to the present time, we cultivate gratefulness.
We are pilgrims on a journey, a search for meaning. There is a saying that the most difficult steps of any journey are the ones from the threshold to the station. It can be difficult to leave where we are. Yet, on a rainy Saturday morning when it would have been comfortable to stay home, over a thousand fellow pilgrims traveled to Seattle University in Washington, USA, for the School of Theology and Ministry’s third annual book festival, "A Search for Meaning."