Contemplative Dialogue

The morning prayer was organised by Donal who took the theme of the interconnectedness of all creation.

This was followed by a session on decision making where Alba explained that the decision making process helps a community to solve problems by examining alternative choices and deciding on the best route to take. Using a step-by-step approach is an efficient way to make thoughtful, informed decisions that have a positive impact on your community’s  short- and long-term goals. She began with the idea of discernment, explaining that discernment is not magic, nor is it something that can be just turned on when needed. She explained that the gift of discernment flows from a life stance of reflective prayer.To the degree that one allows the Word to have an effect on the events of daily life, one is learning to discern.

David then introduced the topic of Eucharist, basing the discussion on the homonymous letter of the Congregation Leadership Team which stated: The words of Jesus, “Take you and eat” have often been changed in practice into “Take you and adore”. The focus is changed from personal commitment to living in a Eucharistic way to the host in the tabernacle. A good theology of Eucharist is called for today if we are to live the The words of Jesus, “Take you and eat” have often been changed in practice into “Take you and adore”. The focus is changed from personal The words of Jesus, “Take you and eat” have often been changed in practice into “Take you and adore”. The focus is changed from personal commitment to living in a Eucharistic way to the host in the tabernacle. A good theology of Eucharist is called for today if we are to live the sacrament effectively. We rarely take time to discuss the meaning of Eucharist in community or with friends.

A lively discussion ensued where it became evident that further exploration of this important theme will be necessary.

In the afternoon, Sunil continued his presentation of journaling, outlining the value and techniques that can be used in this exercise.

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