What is Contemplative Spirituality?

Feeling restless and unable to find peace?

Ever wonder what the fruit of seeking after God and reading His Word is?

Want to be transformed from the inside out?

There is an old ‘monkish’ discipline known as contemplation. St. Gregory the Great summed up the word contemplation as the knowledge of God that is impregnated with love. For Gregory, contemplation was both the fruit of reflecting on the Word of God in scripture and a precious gift of God. The practice of contemplation is “resting in God”, the mind and heart are not so much seeking God, as beginning to experience what they have been seeking. This state is not the suspension of all activity, not emptying the mind as some may think, but the reduction of many acts and reflections to a single act or thought in order to sustain one’s consent to God’s presence and action.

It is the opening of mind and heart - one’s whole being - to God. Contemplative prayer is a process of interior transformation. It is a relationship initiated by God and leading, if one consents, to divine union.

The Contemplative Spirituality Ministry seeks to provide a space for believers who desire a union with the Divine One through contemplation. The WEST House is a space dedicated for silent and solitude and for those who seek to be with God. The Quiet Garden is a monthly, facilitated themed retreat for us to take a short Spiritual Coffee Breaks in between our busy schedule. We also provide Spiritual Direction; and personal retreat can be arranged.

Events

THE QUIET GARDEN – Monthly Retreat

THE QUIET GARDEN is an invitation to come away to tend the garden of our spirit. It is a monthly quiet day on 1st Saturday of the month, at THE WEST HOUSE, St Andrew’s Cathedral. It begins with a brief sharing on various ways of praying.

Retreat participants will be given suggested scripture and activities or participants are welcome to follow their own program if desired.

  • NO retreat on 1 April 2017
  • 15 April 2017 8am to 5pm, Place: The West House, Easter Vigil: Waiting in the Tomb
  • 6 May 2017 9am to 1pm, Theme: God in Creation, Wandering Prayer, Venue: The North Transept Hall
  • NO retreat in June
  • 1 July 2017 9am to 1pm, Theme: God, my Shepherd, Venue: The North Transept Hall
  • 5 August 2017 9am to 1pm, Theme: God, my Prodigal Father, Venue: The South Transept Hall
  • 2 September 2017 9am to 1pm, Theme: God, my Tender and Compassionate Mother, Venue: The South Transept Hall
  • 7 October 2017 9am to 1pm, Theme: God, my Sustenance, Venue: The South Transept Hall
  • 4 November 2017 9am to 1pm, Theme: God, my Scandalous Lover, Venue: The South Transept Hall,

PERSONAL RETREATS

What is a Retreat?

Longing for some peace and quiet? Wanting to get in touch with God?

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” Mat 11:29.

A personal retreat may be the answer for you. Spending a few days off without the distractions of hand-phones and internet and giving the Lord your undivided attention, often allows you to hear better the still small voice of the Lord. It is a time to listen clearly to your inner voice and to attend to the internal condition of your soul.

In the space set aside for the retreat, we will look at the scripture and allow the WORD to examine us, the church and the world surrounding us. We will wrestle with the WORD, we eat the word that nurtures our spirit, we find solace in the WORD and we allow the WORD to tend to our wounded soul and heal it.

See Coming Events for Retreat Dates

An individual personal retreat may be arranged. Contact Priscilla Chua: priscillachua@cathedral.org.sg



Date: 5 August 2017, Saturday
Time: 9am to 1pm
Venue: South Transept Hall, Level 1, Cathedral Main Building

Spend a morning in the “Quiet Garden” with the Lord and experience His Intimate Presence.

Using scripture visualisation, meditation and reflection, encounter the various images of God presented in the bible.

Meditation will be on the picture of “The Prodigal” by Rembrandt. Gathering ends with bring and share lunch, and conversation.

Retreat is free. Love-gift to “Contemplative Spirituality Ministry, SAC” is welcome.

For information and registration contact: priscillachua@cathedral.org.sg

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is “help given by one believer to another that enables the latter to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally
communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God and to live out the consequences of this relationship.” From The Practice of Spiritual Direction by Bill Connolly

Spiritual Direction is also known as Spiritual guidance, spiritual companionship and spiritual friendship, focus on the “directee”’s relationship with God. It is not counselling or psychotherapy which focus on the problem of the ‘client’.

During the once a month meeting of an hour, the director and the directee together in the atmosphere of prayer, discern the presence of God at work in the life of the directee. Spiritual Direction seeks to find the grace of God and to respond to Him in everyday events, in the midst of both pain and suffering.

A Spiritual Coffee Break

There are many feedbacks that The Cathedral Café serves good coffee and the aroma often fills the place. But it is not the coffee that really matters is it. More often it is the conversation between two human spirits about the passion and presence of God in their lives that lingers in on.

Imagine taking a coffee break at The Cathedral Café with Jesus once in a while. It is possible as Jesus is our constant companion in this journey, and we can make an appointment to give Him our full attention.

At The Cathedral we seek to provide Spiritual Companion/Director, who are given instruction and structures to be wise confidants, and who are themselves deeply engaged on their own spiritual journey and reflective listening to God.

Spiritual Direction is “help given by one believer to another that enables the latter to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally
communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God and to live out the consequences of this relationship.” From The Practice of Spiritual Direction by Bill Connolly

If you would like to pursue your own spiritual journey with the companionship of Spiritual Director, why not contact us and set up a time to have coffee with a spiritual companion?

The West House

A space dedicated for those seeking silence and solitude, to be with the Divine One. It is situated at the end of the west lawn on the edge of The Cathedral grounds. The space invites you to:

W - Wrestle with the Lord (Genesis 32:24-29, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”)

E – Eat the Word and be enriched (Ezekiel 3:2-3, “So I open my mouth and he gave me this scroll to eat. And he said to me ‘Son of man feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.’ Then I ate it, and it was in mouth as sweet as honey.”)

S – Find Solace in the Sound of Silence (1 Kings 19:12 “And after the fire sound of a low whisper.”)

T – Tend the Interior Garden (SOS 2:1-10-15 “Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoils the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.”)

The West House is under renovation. Look out for more information at this space.

For more information, contact Mrs Priscilla Chua: priscillachua@cathedral.org.sg