Logos - Contemplation and Vocation
Evenings of contemplative prayer and discernment
Thursday, 8.00 p.m., from September to June
(other than the first Thursday of each of these months)
The core practice at Integritas are evenings of prayer and discernment, which are based thematically upon the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. They are held on Thursday evenings at 8.00 p.m. from September to June and are titled as Contemplation and Vocation. A booklet is available for these evenings and for one’s personal use, which explains their content and the approach being taken over this ten month cycle. This way of prayer emphasises that through the practice of being reflective, one discerns one’s unique vocation or calling from God. These evenings seek, therefore, to deepen the personal experience of God’s love, while also clarifying how one is called by God to live one’s life more lovingly.
Group meeting for discussion and reflection
First Thursday of each month, 7.30 p.m., from September to June
In conjunction with these evenings, on the first Thursday of each month, at 7.30 p.m., there is also a facilitated discussion and reflection held which systematically explores what are the essential elements of Christian spirituality and, in particular, how to be contemplative and to discern one’s vocation in life. These evenings form part of an ongoing course entitled Logos. They are based upon three core dimensions of the Christian spiritual life, being theology, practice and rhythm. An informed theology is necessary so that a way of faithful living is explored which is tested by reason and which seeks understanding. A spiritual practice must also be defined so that a way of daily living emerges which is real and engaged. Finally, this spirituality must be in accordance with the rhythm of the seasons and of the liturgical year so that it is in accord with one’s environment and with the life and mission of the universal Church.
• A contemplative garden, which is permanently open, with wooden sculptures made by members of the local L’Arche, Camphill and Kingriver Communities
• A library from which spiritual books and materials can be borrowed
• Icons for contemplative prayer written by the hand of John M. Reynolds KCHS, with cards of these icons available for personal use
• Prayer booklets, cards and materials
• Publications and articles
• Website (www.integritas.ie)