Father Martin Laird is a member of the Order of St. Augustine and Professor of Early Christian Studies at Villanova University. His scholarship is on the Church Fathers, especially Evagrius Ponticus. He has extensive training in contemplative disciplines, gives retreats, and has lectured extensively on contemplative prayer throughout the United States, Great Britain, and Ireland.
He teaches the ancient Christian spiritual practice of contemplation-clearing away distractions to become aware of silent union with God. He is the author of a host of articles and books including Into the Silent Land and A Sunlit Absence: Silence, Awareness, and Contemplation. He recently published An Ocean of Light: Contemplation, Transformation, and Liberation, (book-cover above) all compelling works for those interested in contemplative prayer. (from Oxford University Press). He draws on the ancient wisdom of both the Christian East and West as well as on contemporary literature.
In 2014, and again in 2016, Father Martin gave lectures on "The Practice of Contemplative Prayer" here at the monastery. This "Contemplative Day of Retreat" is designed with those original attendees in mind. This is not for beginners but is geared toward the mid-level practitioner of prayer. We would assume that you have done some spiritual readings on prayer and have attained some familiarity with the contemplative journey through your spiritual reading, practice, and a discipline of prayer.
Father Martin Laird on Contemplation
Fr. Martin Laird plans to present a full day of Contemplative Retreat that includes two conferences interspersed with Prayer, Silence and Community Sharing.
This is a small gathering with limited seating, so registration will fill up quickly on a first come basis.
The offering of $75.00 includes refreshments and a light lunch.
Questions email Brother Callistus
Must register online
We pray for your continual growth on the path to contemplation.
The monks of
Monastery of the Holy Spirit