Wisdom from the Desert: The Seeker and the Saint
April 9 – May 18, 2018
Rev. Dr. Brenda K. Buckwell, Obl. OSB, Instructor
2 CEU’s | $200.00
Have you ever wondered how God’s presence is manifest in the chaos of our world? Are there people, places and things which lure attention away from God? Do you desire to go deeper in your faith?
In the early days of Christianity there were seekers that wrestled with questions like these and more. Those seekers sought out mentors, guides, and spiritual elders to challenge and invite them to faith growth. Often this journey took the seeker into the arid wilderness of the desert. There the seeker found the Ammas and Abbas of Christian wisdom.
During this six-week class you will have the opportunity to “get to know” some of these ancient sages of Christian wisdom; hear their stories of God’s miraculous presence in life and contemplate their wisdom sayings. Each week you will experience a prayer practice from St. Benedict’s tradition of Desert Wisdom.
Through discussion forums, you will plumb the depths of the themes: pilgrimage, obedience and listening, compassion, stability, prophetic freedom and the gifts of the desert. Together we will discover how God yearns for us through 21st century chaos into the quietude of our souls.