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Contemplative Outreach of DFW

Serving Dallas/Fort Worth & North Texas

God is Your Center

On the Spiritual Journey

Featured Speaker

Martin Laird, OSA

Saturday, April 14, 2018
9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

(Sign-In Begins at 9:00 AM)

Into the Silent Land book

St Mark Catholic Church
Parish Center, McGivney Hall
1105 W 15th St
Plano, Texas 75075

St. John of the Cross says it simply: "God is your center."  In our own time, Howard Thurman, the famous preacher and mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., realized in his own life the very same truth: "There is in each of us an uncreated element." Neither St. John of the Cross nor Howard Thurman is saying anything original. Each is part of the great cloud of witnesses that has seen through the illusion of separation from God.

This illusion of separation from God is sustained by the cunningly egoic need to strategize, possess, and control.  Typically we transfer these same egoic strategies onto a spiritual discipline such as contemplation so that we might possess and control our feelings about what spiritual people like ourselves should be feeling at any given moment.  By means of self-forgetful release into the practice of contemplation, the illusion of separation from God falls away. We become so silent before God that the "before" drops away.

Through times spent together in silent prayer, conferences, and discussion, we shall consider the subtle difficulties we meet in something so simple as stillness and consider why the sense of being separate from God is so convincing.


Early Registration:

$35 per Person


$15 per Student

Early Registration & Payment must be received by April 7, 2018

After deadline:  $45/Person

Bring a bag lunch for the mid-day break

Morning Refreshments, Coffee & Bottled Water Included

Advance reservations are encouraged. Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.   All reservations are subject to confirmation (see add'l info on registration page).

Partial scholarships available -- please email inquires to Sandy.


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Fr Martin Laird, OSA

Martin Laird is a member of the Order of St Augustine and a Professor of Early Christian Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania.  He has extensive training in early Christianity and contemplative disciplines.  He has studied in Rome, London, and Oxford, and conducts retreats and lectures throughout the United States and abroad.

He is the author of a number of articles and books including Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation and A Sunlit Absence: Silence, Awareness, and Contemplation (each from Oxford University Press).  His forthcoming book is An Ocean of Light.

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