From the Director's Desk
The great 20th century theologian, Karl Rahner sj, once said that “the Christian of the 21st century will be a mystic or not a Christian at all”. This provocative pronouncement is not so unimaginable if one understands the abundance of opportunities given to us to experience the deep presence of God in our everyday life.
Mysticism involves our personal encounter with the living God and when we open our eyes and ears to the myriad of moments that God comes to us throughout a single day - the smile of a stranger, the touch of someone who cares, the joy felt in serving another, the sense of awe and wonder in liturgical and private prayer – all these little things that make life whole – this is when we experience a deep awareness of the mysterious presence of God in the ordinary events of our lives.
Much of what we are offering in this year’s programme for the New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies touches on the desire for, and experience of mystery in our lives today. May you find here something to lift your hearts and minds in hope that God is indeed infused in every facet of your life.
For more information, please see the events listed below or feel free to download a PDF copy of our 2017 Programme.
Calendar of Events
May 12 2017toMay 14 2017
Jun 2 2017toJun 4 2017
Benedictine Institute Reading Weekend
At various stages of our lives we all need some practical advice and help for living a Gospel-centred life. How can we be encouraged and helped in our search for God and in our living with one another? Benedict’s 72 tools for “Good Living” in chapter 4 of his little Rule for Beginners, presents ancient wisdom which can help us live the Gospel in our contemporary world.
Jun 18 2017toMar 24 2017
The spiritual writers of the Middle Ages offer us a deep and lasting wisdom to help guide and direct our desire for God and thereby enriching our daily lives. This is a chance to spend a week immersed in the wisdom of Medieval monasticism. Participants will join in with the Undergraduate and Graduate Students of Pilgrim Theological College from the University of Divinity, Melbourne, in exploring writings which include, The Life of St Benedict, Celtic Wisdom, Bernard of Clairvaux, Gertrude of Helfta, Hildegard of Bingen, Aelred of Rievaulx and Heloise of the Paraclete.
Jun 30 2017toJul 2 2017
The retreat will explore some of the many ways in which the Rule of Benedict is a guide for Christian living in our contemporary world. The practices of prayer, love and forgiveness within the community, so central to the Rule, help us in our relationships with one another and with the God we seek.
Jul 17 2017toJul 25 2017