"Spiritual formation cannot be forced, only prepared for. Hence its means cannot be those of conquest, but only of facilitation and preparation." [Adrian van Kaam, Studies in Formative Spirituality, I, 2 (1980), 303]

Overseas Course: Holy Listening

Jholy listening

10-21 July 2017
I (Cathy Holling) recently attended a course in Contemplative Prayer, called “Holy Listening”, at Sant Anselm, Rome. We spent two weeks studying Spirituality, Lectio Divina, Prayer, The Rule of St Benedict and Spiritual Accompaniment.

Our days revolved around prayer. Lauds, Mass, Matins, Vespers, interspersed with classes, meals and visits down to the sights and sounds of central Rome and it’s gelato bars.

All my fears about whether I would cope with the class material or fit in with the other students was quelled by our Co-ordinator Dom David Foster, who seemed to be able to put everyone’s fears at ease with laughter and a smile.

I’ve made great friends with my fellow students who were wonderful characters from all over the globe. While the course was in English, the many accents made for some hilarious outcomes.

The course is on again in July 2017. If you are interested in learning to listen with the “Ear of the Heart” I encourage you to attend. You will find photos and information about the course in the following links:



Cathy Holling B.Th., Public Servant, married with two daughters. Enjoys ongoing discussions about Spirituality at Aquinas Academy and Catalyst for Renewal as well as volunteering at Breakfast for the Homeless at St Pats and helping BBI with weekend Seminars.

JCathy Holling  Family

Cathy Holling & family

JSant Enselm

Sant Enselm