Online Retreat: Mystery of Death
with The Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault
Sept. 27 – Oct. 1, 2021
Times of Sessions TBD
Includes the online lecture “Rebooting Jesus.” For information about attending only the one-day lecture, click here:
In this teaching retreat based on the recently republished mystical classic by Hungarian-born Jesuit Ladisalus Boros, we will be exploring the moment of death from both a personal and a christological perspective. Following Boros’ lead, we will attempt to live our way into his challenging insight (received through mystical revelation) that “Death gives man the opportunity of posing his first completely personal act; therefore, it is the moment above all others for the awakening of consciousness, for freedom for the encounter with God…”. What difference would it make in our lives here and now if we really and truly believed that? How would it affect the choices we make, the priorities we set? What might be required of us is to grow into such a trusting intimacy with our own death? Finally, how might Jesus’s passage through this same sacramental moment have subtly shifted the foundations of the world? Surrounded by monastic silence and prayer, we will ponder these deep questions together, not in our heads, but in the marrow of our lives.
About the presenter: The Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault is a modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader. She divides her time between solitude in her seaside hermitage in Maine and a demanding schedule traveling globally to spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom paths. Her roots are firmly planted in the Benedictine monastic tradition, her wings soar in the Christian mystical lineage, and her wisdom is tempered by daily mindfulness and embodiment practice learned through more than thirty years of participation in the Gurdjieff Work. An emeritus core faculty member at The Center for Action and Contemplation, she has been honored as one of the 100 most spiritually influential living people in 2021.