"If I cannot listen to the subtle manifestation of rich reality in my environment, I will necessarily try to impose my wilful codes on others. If I am not open to reality and do not obey the voice of reality, a terrible distortion takes place. Sooner or later I will turn the whole relationship around: Instead of listening to reality in people and events, I become convinced that reality in people and events should listen to me."

[Adrian van Kaam, The Art of Existential Counseling, Dimension Books, 1966, 80.]

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