Obsculta: The Monastic Way of Listening

“God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” -Mother Teresa

The Latin word Obsculta translates in English as listen and is the first word of the Rule of St Benedict. St. Benedict says we are to “listen with the ear of the heart.” This is not a superficial kind of listening, but a generous, continued and radical tuning in, a listening from the very
depths of one’s being. In this lunch time discussion we will talk about the importance of listening in the monastic tradition, how listening forms a spiritual foundation for life outside the monastery and practice listening as a way of prayer and approach to God.

Rev. Shannon Preston

May 17 (F)
12noon-1pm
$35 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.)

Rev. Shannon Preston
serves as Priest for Spiritual Formation at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. She has a particular interest in different kinds of contemplative prayer and monastic practices and how those lead to loving and just action. She joined the Good Shepherd staff in 2016, which is what brought her to Austin. In her role as the Priest, she supports and nurtures the spiritual wellbeing of the parish, namely helping with contemplative prayer, Christian formation, and wellness ministries.


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