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Edith Stein, Etty Hillesum and Simone Weil: A Spirituality for Living through a Time of Crisis
This workshop/retreat will be looking at three mystics, saints and writers who lived during the Second World War. They were contemporaries – all Jewish – and all came to similar wisdom about living through a time of crisis. The workshop/retreat will look at their lives and the advise they give for challenging situations. All of them – in more dramatic ways than today – found their opportunities were increasingly limited and yet found meaning in the constraints they had to live under. It is a workshop/retreat for those trying to make good use of this time of semi-lockdown.
Dr Stefan Gillow Reynolds, is author of ‘Living with the Mind of Christ: Mindfulness in Christian Spirituality’ (DLT, 2016) and ‘The Wisdom of Love in the Song of Songs’ (Hikari, 2018). He has a PhD in Christian Spirituality from London University and runs retreats for The World Community for Christian Meditation and for the Cistercian Abbey of Mount Melleray where he works. He lives with his wife in Lismore, Co. Waterford.
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Jesus said: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ ”
The basics of a Christian life are simple, or so it seems. Yet in the everyday, we often find the final element – to love ourselves – surprisingly difficult. Without love for ourselves, life can become very bleak. During this morning Scripture, literature and Christian meditation will help us become reacquainted with the source deep within ourselves.
Josie von Zitzewitz is a literary scholar and university lecturer. She has been meditating for 20 years and regularly gives retreats, including several workshops here in Cockfosters in recent years. She is an oblate of the World Community for Christian Meditation and lives in London and Norway.
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