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Imaginative contemplation and colloquy: How the Exercises facilitate shifts in images of God and self
October 29, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Two methods of prayer used extensively in the Exercises are imaginative contemplation and colloquy. Both involve dialogue and the use of the imagination. Imaginative contemplation involves entering a Gospel scene using the senses and imagination and engaging in dialogue with the characters in the story and the person of Jesus. Colloquy is heart-to-heart familiar conversation with God, Jesus or Mary. The imaginal and dialogical nature of these forms of prayer plays a significant role in facilitating shifts in images of God and self. Exercitants can be freed from false images which inhibit them from deepening their relationship with the Lord.
When: Saturday 29 October 2022, 10.30am to 12.30pm AEDT)
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Professional Development Gatherings
Given the dictum that, “There is nothing as practical as a good theory,” these professional development gatherings will integrate theory, personal experience, and faith-sharing. The over-arching theme for the professional development gatherings and the conference is images of God and self. The first two professional development gatherings are designed to prepare participants for the conference. Each two-hour professional development gathering will include: (i) preparatory prayer; (ii) input; (iii) guided meditation; (iv) spiritual conversation in pairs; and (v) a group colloquy.