Ark to Compassion: Mythic and Scientific Stories that Sustain Us
Linda Gibler, OP, a Dominican Sister of Houston, TX, will lead this cosmologically based retreat. She will draw upon the 13.7 billion year story of elements that surrounds us while incorporating the wisdom of sacred traditions. Guided by these stories, participants will be invited into deeper intimacy with and commitment to the world around us. Linda, mentored by Brian Swimme throughout her studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, has worked to integrate philosophy, cosmology and consciousness in her own work as teacher, author and retreat leader. She currently is associate academic dean at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas, and adjunct professor for the Loyola Institute for Ministry.
Weekend Retreat 2014
A Weekend Retreat with Julian of Norwich Led by Veronica Mary Rolf
Julian of Norwich lived in fourteenth century England at a time of devastating wars, plagues, poverty, peasant revolts, and religious persecution. She was no stranger to great personal suffering, spiritual conflict, and doubt. She became deathly ill at the age of thirty, and was given extraordinary visions of Christ on the cross. She recovered fully to write her very personal account of Christ’s Revelations of Divine Love - the first book ever written by a woman in the English language. Thomas Merton called Julian “one of the most wonderful of all Christian voices” and “the greatest English theologian.” Yet her words remained virtually unknown for six hundred years, until the twentieth century. Today, Julian has become one of the most beloved of all mystics. Julian's voice resonates across the ages, speaking to us of the unconditional love and mercy of God with a passion that is irresistible. It is a voice we need to hear.
Julian’s Retreat allows you to enter deeply into the rich layers of her Revelations and to integrate her profound insights into your own spiritual life. All the guided meditations are based entirely on Julian's words and inspired teachings. These are selected to create a very personal experience of God's unconditional love, mercy, and grace.
About Veronica Mary Rolf
Author of Julian’s Gospel:
Illuminating the Life & Revelations of Julian of Norwich
(Orbis Books, 2013)
Veronica Mary Rolf is an independent scholar of medieval studies as well as a certified teacher of meditation, affiliated with the World Community for Christian Meditation. She has spent her life in the professional theatre as a performer, playwright, artistic director, and Master Teacher of Dramatic Arts in New York, London, and Berkeley. Currently, she presents a popular lecture series, Mornings with Julian of Norwich, leads Julian retreats, and blogs on her website: www.JuliansVoice.com.