He was a rebellious teenager, the son of a Christian family, a slave who tended sheep in lashing rain, a mystic, a bishop, a champion of those caught in the violence of war and those held captive. St. Patrick of Ireland, who lived in the Fifth Century, is far more than the paper-doll version that many of us know. His life challenges us to know our own captivities, and to be ministers of reconciliation. His example tells us to speak up on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. He invites us to pray with silence too deep for words, and with confidence that we are ever encircled by the love of the God who creates all that is. Our time together will include learning about Patrick’s life and prayer, and writing prayers patterned on his.
Rev. Mary C. Earle
Mar 14 (W)
$35 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.)
Mary Earle is an Episcopal priest, poet, author, spiritual director and retreat leader. Until her retirement, she
taught classes in spirituality for the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Mary has authored nine books; the subjects include the spirituality of living with illness, rule of life, Celtic Christian spirituality, the Desert Mothers, and Julian of Norwich. Mary has offered presentations and retreats in a variety of ecumenical settings, including conferences of the Academy for Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Directors International, the International Thomas Merton Society and hospice organizations. She was included in the Living Spiritual Teachers project of Spirituality and Practice. Her website is www.marycearle.com.