Sep 29

Three Student Mid-Day Reflections to be Offered

Published on: Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Professor Susan Stabile announced she will offer three Student Mid-Day Reflections during the 2009-2010 school year – two during the fall semester and one in the spring. Each session will be held in MSL 242 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will include lunch.

The three topics of the Student Mid-Day Reflections include:

October 22, 2009: Spirituality Across Faith Traditions

November 10, 2009: The Cardinal Virtues and Our Lives

January 25, 2009: Abandoning the Myths We Live With

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Spirituality Across Faith Traditions – October 22

Although there are real differences among the world’s major religions, there is also much truth in faith traditions other than our own that we can affirm. In the words of Thomas Merton, if we affirm our own tradition merely by denying all that belongs to others, we will find that there is not much left for us to affirm in our own tradition, and "no breath of the Spirit with which to affirm it."

This Mid-Day Reflection will explore some universal dynamics that operate across different faith traditions, helping us to uncover kernels of shared truths that will allow us to more effectively understand and minister to those outside of our own tradition. It will also introduce experiences of prayer and contemplation from several different faith traditions, affording some time for individual prayer and sharing of the fruits of that prayer experience.

The Cardinal Virtues and Our Lives – November 10

Prudence. Justice. Temperance. Fortitude. We hear the term Cardinal Virtues. We walk through Terrence Murphy Hall and see them beautifully portrayed in murals. But how much do we really think about the meaning of the virtues? How often do we spend time contemplating what implications they have – for our individual lives and for our lives in community?

This Mid-Day Reflection offers us an opportunity to consider what the virtues of prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude – the foundation and precondition for all other virtues – can mean in our lives, how they can be distorted, and how we can develop and strengthen the virtues in ourselves.

Abandoning the Myths We Live With – January 25

As we grow and develop, things happen that cause us to lose sight of who we really are. Our experiences, our psychic and emotional hurts of various kinds, different messages that we get along the way, create baggage in us. We develop certain myths – myths that serve to block us from seeing ourselves for who we are – seeing ourselves as God sees us. They therefore block our ability to receive God’s love fully.

This Mid-Day Reflection will invite us to spend some time in reflection, prayer and discussion designed to identify and understand some of the myths we live with and to start to process of laying some of them aside, replacing them with a richer understanding of who we truly are in relation to our God.

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