Date(s) - 30/03/2019
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
O'Connor / Pilkington Rooms
In the Eastern Church, John Climacus is studied and read during Lent and is celebrated on the Fourth Sunday in Lent. His Feast Day is March 30, the day of this quiet day.
A day of shared silence beginning with a time of gathering and welcome, three talks over the course of the day with a shared time for lunch and plenty of time for solitude. Emerging from the silence and closing the day with a liturgy.
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John Climacus, like Anthony of Egypt, brought his wisdom to others at an advanced age after many years in solitude, in his case, at the foot of Mount Sinai, near his beloved Vatos Monastery (now Saint Catherine’s Monastery) when his community persuaded him to be their igumen or abbot.
His schema of the ladder with 30 steps is less about a systematic progression in the spiritual life as a way of organising his teaching and a reference to Jacob’s ladder which is a metaphor of the way of mystical union when heaven and earth meet and are integrated in the mysterious ground of the human heart (a metaphor also used by Jesus – Jn 1.51). Not for John grand conceptual edifices of doctrine and theology; he is a master of psychology in the true sense of the word, mapping and bringing to light from his own experience and self-knowledge the subtle movements of the heart. A wise companion in our quest to fulfil Jesus’ injunction to ‘Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect’ (Mtt 5.48).
Later in the year: two more Saturdays each introducing a different prayer practice
3 August with Rev Simon Carey Holt, “Prayer of the Heart”
30 November with Fr David Hofman, OCarm – Carmelite Prayer
More details for each will be available closer to the date.