Date(s) - 03/11/2021
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
‘Contemplation – a Way of Being not Doing’ with Wayne Stanhope OCarm
“Reflectiveness is about changing paradigms as was outlined in the film Dead Poet’s Society. Robin Williams gives his pupils a symbol for seeing differently: he asks them to stand on their desks to get a new view of old things. We see differently when we allow new awarenesses to…pierce our armour.” Michael Carroll
Carmelites speak of themselves as ‘contemplatives’ in the heart of the world. Living contemplation / reflectiveness can change the way we see our relationships, our prayer and our outreach to others. In Carmelite terms; prayer, community and service in the midst of the people. Our conversation will allow us to explore how living contemplatively can change how we view ourselves, our God and our brothers and sisters.
This conversation will draw on reflections from Pope Francis and also the work of Carlos Mesters OCarm on the Carmelite vision.
Pope Francis’ audience on May 5 2021 was reported in the America magazine with the title: In Jesus, there is no conflict between contemplation and action.
Pope Francis said: “To contemplate is not primarily a way of doing but a way of being. To be contemplative. Everything comes from this: from a heart that feels that it is looked on with love…being contemplative does not depend on the eyes but on the heart…..Prayer purifies the heart and , with it, also sharpens our gaze, allowing it to grasp reality from another point of view……from a heart that feels that it is looked on with love. Then reality is contemplated with different eyes.”
Wayne Stanhope o.carm entered the Carmelites in 1971, and ordained priest in 1977. He has been involved in the ministry of spirituality, formation of young Carmelites and pastoral leadership both within the Order and in parishes in Melbourne, Sydney and most recently in Brisbane. He is currently undertaking studies in pastoral supervision.
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Some pre-reading is available What is a charism?.
Carmelite Conversations: On the first Wednesday morning of each month we explore a topic related to the rich tradition of Carmelite Spirituality. Each month the session will be led by a person inspired by Carmelite Spirituality and so part of the broad community of the Carmelite Family.