‘Coffee with the Mystics’ returns in January
During two January workshops, Sister Paula Damiano hopes all who attend will learn more about two mystics.
The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, will host “Coffee with the Mystics” twice in January, with the first event taking place from 10 a.m. to noon, on Jan. 11, and the second taking place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., on Jan. 14. Both will take place in the Providence Hall Large Conference Room.
During the workshops, Sister Paula will focus on the works and writings of Thomas Merton and Caryll Houselander.
“Many people are familiar with Thomas Merton and his autobiography, “Seven Storey Mountain.” We will take a look at some of the events that shaped his life and his spiritual development,” Sister Paula said. “Caryll Houselander, a much less-known mystic, died in 1954, and Merton died in 1968. We’ll take a look at what was common in their experiences.”
For example, Sister Paula said mystics are, or were, “ordinary people who found God IN the ordinary. This gives us hope in that we too can find God where we are, in our own time.
“This means that they took the time to be with the Divine,” Sister Paula continued. “They took time to reflect on their experiences of living.”
Cost to attend is $10, and the registration deadlines are Jan. 10 and Jan. 11.