Spiritual Practices at the Cathedral during Lent
We are making our way through the desert days of Lent here at St. John’s Cathedral with several different offerings that allow us to journey together. The Dean’s Forum this season showcases some of the various spiritual practices available, introducing their facilitators and authors. The essence of contemplative practices reveals the importance of being rooted in the Divine as a springboard for all parts of life. However, contemplative practices are not only sedentary and inwardly focused. The Tree of Contemplative Practices (see illustration) shows the many branches of the process from silent meditation to marching for social justice.
Last Sunday, parishioner Jody Giles spoke about the practice of preparing your legacy for those you love, telling your story and being in charge of what you want the rest of your life to look like. This Sunday, retreat leader Sandie Wesley will lead the class on a search for personal icons in our lives and how to use those icons for contemplative practice. The following Sundays in Lent will include guidance in yoga as a spiritual practice and the vital nature of telling our stories to ourselves and to each other.
During the weekdays of Lent, there are several small groups which are meeting to “read, mark and inwardly digest” Wondrous Encounters, a little book of meditations by Fr. Richard Rohr. If you haven’t already, grab one of these books and treat yourself to Fr. Richard’s infectious perspective on love. Your Lenten time and your life will be forever changed. It is not too late to join one of the groups, or gather together your own group, or read alone. (See the bulletin announcements or click here for book study group meeting times and locations!)
Wherever you go this season, whatever you do, know that you are an indispensable part of the Body of Christ here at St. John’s Cathedral. Know that your story is our story, and our stories are the stories of the people of God. Together we will make our way through these desert days and on to the great feast of the glorious Resurrection!
Cathedral Lay Minister
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