Entries by Peter Donnelly

June e-bulletin

If it is God’s will to create in an evolutionary manner, which is what science is now saying, then we are only halfway there. We are in the middle of nowhere. … [Beasts] follow their instincts, and they glorify God by doing so. We cannot do that anymore because following some of these instincts is […]

May e-bulletin

There will be times when contemplatives feel they cannot pray anymore. All that is left to them is the desire to pray, sometimes buried under enormous difficulties in daily life along with interior purification. They need to be reminded again and again that the desire to pray is itself a prayer. St. John of the […]

April e-bulletin

  The practice of meditation is indeed an authentic experience of dying to self … it is like a “mini-death,” at least from the perspective of the ego … We let go of our self-talk, our interior dialogue, our fears, wants, needs, preferences, daydreams, and fantasies. These all become just “thoughts,” and we learn to let […]

3 Day Mid-Summer Welcoming Prayer Retreat on Zoom

3 Day Mid-Summer Welcoming Prayer Retreat on Zoom Dates: Monday 4th – 6th July 2022 Time: 11.00 am – 6.00pm each day (Irish Standard Time) Theme: Introduction to the Welcoming Prayer – Consent on the go. Presenters: Denis Gleeson and Fionnuala Quinn         Day 1 Session 1 The Welcoming Prayer and the […]

March E-bulletin

“Forgiveness is central to the Christian religion. It was Jesus’ chief concern on the night of his resurrection when he revealed himself to the apostles … breathed on them, and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them. Whose sins you retain are retained’ (John 20:22-23). … “God is nothing but […]

February E-bulletin

There is something very simple about God. Simple like a child’s laughter that breaks forth, spontaneously, without guile. Simple like when you act, immediately and directly, to help someone who falls in front of you. … God is simple like the way every moment of time, in its ordinariness, holds the gift of your life […]

A Silent Introductory Retreat to Centering Prayer. Mercy International Centre,   64A Baggot Street, Dublin 2

Monday, August 29 – Friday, September 2, 2022 Catherine’s House: Mercy International Centre,   64A Baggot Street, Dublin 2   Fionnuala Quinn O.P. Suzanne Ryder RSM Maire Hearty RSM   A Silent Introductory Retreat to Centering Prayer with Readings from Catherine McAuley Retreatants will participate in the full Introduction to Centering Prayer, suitable for newcomers and […]

Listen to the Spirit Speaking to your Heart. ENNISMORE RETREAT CENTRE

Sunday July 10 – 15, 2022 ENNISMORE RETREAT CENTRE, Montenotte, Cork Fionnuala Quinn O.P. Lesley O’Connor Listen to the Spirit Speaking to your Heart This contemplative retreat welcomes those who are drawn to silence and yearn to learn more about the ancient Christian practices of Monastic Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer. The retreat will be […]

  In the experience of silence, especially if it is deep, you may experience at times a certain pure awareness. Even if it is brief, you are in contact with That Which Is, and this Reality is obviously in love with you.  Thomas Keating God is Love: The Heart of All Creation   Thoughts about […]

October e-bulletin

October 2020“Because we are members of one species, all of whom are interconnected and interdependent, our every thought, word and deed affect everyone else in the human family instantaneously, regardless of space and time.  Hence we are accountable to each other as well as to God.”  Thomas Keating, Reflections on the Unknowable   In Memoriam  We […]