Christ Church Greenwich, as part of its Courage & Faith series, invites you to a special Lenten Retreat offering:
“Into the Silent Land:
the Practice of Contemplative Prayer”
with Father Martin Laird, O.S.A.
Saturday, February 20
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fee: $40* (coffee & lunch included)
- 9:00 am – 12 noon: Morning Session
- 12 noon – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break
- 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Afternoon Session
*Scholarships available to all who request.
**Note change in venue.
Martin Laird, O.S.A, is Professor of Early Christian Studies at Villanova University. Among his writings are Into the Silent Land and A Sunlit Absence. He is currently completing volume three in this contemplation series, An Ocean of Light: Contemplation and the Ethics of Silence.
“Union with God is not something we acquire by a technique but the grounding truth of our lives that engenders the very search for God. Because God is the ground of our being, the relationship between creature and Creator is such that, by sheer grace, separation is not possible. God does not know how to be absent. The fact that most of us experience throughout most of our lives a sense of absence or distance from God is the great illusion that we are caught up in; it is the human condition… when the mind is brought to stillness, and all our strategies of acquisition have dropped, a deeper truth presents itself: we are and always have been one with God and we are all one in God.”
– Martin Laird, O.S.A.
Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), 15-16
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