"When leaders in various fields ask me for advice, my response is always the same: dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. It is the only way for individuals, families and societies to grow, the only way for the life of peoples to progress, along with the culture of encounter, a culture in which all have something good to give and all can receive something good in return. Others always have something to give me, if we know how to approach them in a spirit of openness and without prejudice. I call this attitude of openness and availability without prejudice, social humility, and it is this that favours dialogue. Only in this way can understanding grow between cultures and religions, mutual esteem without needless preconceptions, respectful of the rights of everyone. Today, either we stand together with the culture of dialogue and encounter, or we all lose, we all lose; from here we can take the right road that makes the journey fruitful and secure." (Pope Francis, Address to leading members of Brazilian society, Saturday July 27 2013, reported online by Official Vatican Network.)

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:

http://www.anselmianum.com/ateneo/teologia/_istituto_monastico/holy_listening/index.php

https://www.flickr.com/photos/anselmianum/albums/72157671389299611

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