Wisdom from the Pandemic
Wisdom from the Pandemic: A Meditation Retreat with Julian of Norwich
Today we are living in post-pandemic times. The last three years have brought great changes in the ways we live and interact with each other. We have realized the great vulnerability of our global human community and of God’s creation.
In this retreat we will be inspired by the wisdom of Julian of Norwich, the English mystic and anchoress who lived during the time of the Black Death in the 14th century, the pandemic that killed over half of the population of Europe. We were asked to live in lockdown for weeks. Mother Julian lived alone in her cell for well over 30 years, during a terrifying time of plague, war, a divided papacy, a peasants’ revolt, the burning of heretics. Yet her book, ‘Revelations of Divine Love' overflows with love, trust, delight, joy. She has much to teach us today. She calls us to 'love and delight' in God who 'loves and delights in us', and 'to fully trust in him', and 'all shall be well'.
This retreat offers a chance to be inspired by the wisdom of this humble woman of whom Thomas Merton wrote: 'Julian is without doubt one of the most wonderful of all Christian voices. She gets greater and greater in my eyes as I grow older.'
This retreat will be offered online over a period of five days and will comprise:
👉 Five inspirational talks of 30 - 40 minutes by Hazel Bradley by video link (sent in advance), one for each day of the retreat.
👉 A 20-minute meditation time each day introduced and concluded via online video.
👉 Extra resource sheets to help you prepare your times of meditation and to live the retreat well.
You will be paired with a prayer partner during the retreat in order to help you connect more with the worldwide community of participants.
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👉 100€ per participant.
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English Online Retreat
Location : Online
From Monday 20 February 2023 To Friday 24 February 2023
Hazel Bradley has been in L’Arche for over 40 years, starting in Trosly, then in India and now in London, UK. She has held various responsibilities in L’Arche including Zone Coordinator for Asia West Pacific, community leader in Chennai, and International Events Coordinator. She is a now an Ignatian spiritual director who has given a number of retreats for La Ferme. She loves storytelling and planning celebrations.