JESUS PRAYER RETREAT
The Jesus Prayer was born out of the search for unceasing prayer. It is one of the oldest forms of Christian meditation, whose tradition dates back to the period of Desert Fathers in the 4th century. It has been practiced at Mount Athos for more than 1,000 years. It is a form of non-discursive prayer, also called the ”prayer of the heart”.
The Jesus Prayer is not only a way of prayer but also a spiritual path to get to know God and unite with Him. ”Let remembrance of Jesus be present with your every breath. Then indeed you will appreciate the value of stillness (hesychia)” – St. John Climacus, ”Ladder of Divine Ascent”, 6th century.
The retreat is a theoretical and practical introduction to both the method and spiritual process initiated by this form of meditation.
”When you pray, be as a mountain motionlessly settled in silence. Its thoughts are rooted in eternity. Do nothing, just sit, just be and you will learn the fruits of prayer.
When you pray, remember about the breath. Thanks to it, the man became a living thing. The breath comes from God and returns to God. Unite the prayer word with the stream of life and nothing shall separate you from the Giver of Life.
When you pray, it is Jesus who prays inside you to the Father in the Spirit. You are carried by the fire of His love. Be as a river which serves everyone, and the time will come when you become Love”.
Fr. John Bereza OSB
Location: Carmelite Monastery ”Totus Tuus”in Tromsø (Northern Norway)
When:October 5-11, 2020 Monday 6:00 pm - Sunday 2:00 pm
Guided by: Fr. Wojciech Nowak SJ
SILENT IGNATION RETREAT
The 6-Day Silent Retreat is a spiritual journey deep inside oneself and through one’s life. It is ”going out into the desert” to meet oneself and God. We need to stop, we need silence to find the sacred space in our lives. In our busy world we often struggle to hear God’s voice. Silence enables us to listen to the presence of God within ourselves. A silent retreat allows you time away to reflect on where God is at work in your life and in the world.
It is time to look for answers to the most basic questions of our existence: who am I? what is my deepest identity? what is my life heading to? what is its purpose and meaning?
The retreat which we propose is rooted in the ”Spiritual Exercises” of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits (also known as the Society of Jesus) - an international religious order of men within the Catholic Church.
The Exercises are built around the elements of meditation, prayer with the Word of God (Bible), contemplative practices and the Examen prayer developed by St. Ignatius to help people deepen their relationship with God. The aim of the Ignatian spirituality is to become contemplative in action – combining an intensive interior life with daily commitment as a sense of collaboration with God’s action in the world. The Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of your day in order to discern God’s direction for you. God is found in our experience. On this retreat, you will have an opportunity to review your life from a prayerful, God-centered perspective.
People of various Christian traditions and spiritual backgrounds are welcome, especially those with an openness to deepening one’s experience of prayer in the Ignatian tradition.
Ask yourself a question – is it perhaps me who needs such a time?
Location:Carmelite Monastery ”Totus Tuus”in Tromsø (Northern Norway)
When:October 16-22, 2020 Friday 6:00 pm - Thursday 2:00 pm
Guided by: Fr. Wojciech Nowak SJ