Contemplation is manifested not only by the spiritual senses,
the felt presence of God and the ever-deepening absorption of the faculties in the divine presence;
it is equally manifested through the conviction of pure faith and the total surrender of pure love
which believes that the divine energy is being poured into our spirit all the time,
but at a level too refined and too sublime to be perceived in this lifetime.
This divine transmission is the essence of contemplation.
Saint John of the Cross calls it the hidden ladder to divine union.
(Thomas Keating,Crisis of Faith, Crisis of Love.)Dear Friends of Contemplative Outreach Ireland, We invite you to take some time in contemplation at one of our upcoming retreats which are listed below. I have attached notices for the 2 retreats in November and December and would really appreciate if you could print them off and bring them to your local prayer groups or place them on Parish or Community boards. If you would like to join us on one of our retreats or would like further information you can email me back at this address or contact me on 0876017709. Every Blessing, Eileen Coordinator, Contemplative Outreach Ireland www.coi.ie Phone:+353(0)876017709
Upcoming Retreats with Contemplative Outreach Ireland: 9th - 16th November: Post Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat. Venue: Ballyvaloo Retreat Centre,Blackwater, Co Wexford.. Facilitators: John Ormond, Eileen Foley & Fr Tom Dalton. Cost: Full Residential €560- 2nd - 4th December: Advent,Weekend Centering Prayer Retreat. Venue: Ballyvaloo Retreat Centre,Blackwater, Co Wexford.. Facilitators: Sr Geraldine Collins, Kathleen Ormond & Fr Tom Dalton. Cost: Full Residential €170- Non- Residential €80 2nd - 9th March: Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat.(12 Step friendly) Venue: Mount St Anne's Retreat Centre, Killinard,Co Laoise. Facilitators: Fr Tom Dalton & Kathleen Ormond. Cost: Full Residential €590- 10th-12th March: Weekend Centering Prayer Retreat. Venue: Tobar Mhuire Retreat Centre,Crossgar, Co Down. Facilitators: Anne McClean & Kay Hallahan Cost: Full Residential £150-/€180-. Non- Residential £75/€90 24th-26th March: Weekend Centering Prayer Retreat. Venue: Esker Retreat Centre, Athenry, Co Galway. Facilitators: Niamh Brennan & Eileen Foley Cost: Full Residential €180-. Non- Residential €90 Advertisement: Retreat Post Intensive November 9th - 16th, 2016 Advertisement: Advent Retreat Dec 2 - 4, 2016 Ballyvaloo