The word “contemplation” seems to put some people in two different reactions. One is indifference, claiming that contemplation is religious people closed behind closed doors and gates, the other panic, claiming that one could never achieve a high state of sanctity here on earth as the saints did. Clearly, many people seem to think that contemplation is really not for them. This seminar will seek to strip this word back to its roots, whilst exploring how this word – or, rather, “attitude” – is understood in Carmelite Spirituality.
Moreover, the intention of this seminar is to make those who attend aware that even in those circumstances where we might think contemplation does not feature, the Carmelite mind joins the invisible dots between God and man, such that this transforms the heart and sees the world evermore with God’s eyes.
Reading and interpretation of fundamental Carmelite texts such as Carmelite Rule, Institution of First Monks, ven. John of St Samson and br. Lawrence of the Resurrection
Maltese or English (depending on audience)
Glen Attard O.Carm.
Ivan Scicluna O.Carm.