What we do
New Monasticisms Ireland hosts –
Three major teaching events in the year.
Engages in reflection and meditation – Silence in the City.
Runs two book clubs.
Endeavours to engage in the principles as a guiding direction in life.
Sophia Book Club
Cill Dara Book Club
Sophia Book club meets at the Lantern Centre, Synge St. Dublin 8
Our next Book club meeting is Thursday 27th September 2018. Our usual time 7.30pm
We are reading –
In the Grip of Light: The Dark and Bright Journey of Christian Contemplation
(Bloomsbury, London: 2012); 128 pages; ISBN10144 114 55 08; ISBN13978 144 114 55 05.
What is it like in practice to come close to the presence of God? Are there words, which can, in some way, explain the nature of that experience? In this compelling study, Paul Murray draws attention to both the wisdom and lived experience of those men and women who knew, at first hand, of the light and fire of which they speak. Murray demonstrates how important and relevant for us today are the writings of authors such as Catherine of Siena, John of the Cross, Meister Eckhart, and Teresa of Avila. To the often bewildered hearts and minds of our generation, the writings of these remarkable men and women speak with a unique authority.
We try to meet every first or fourth Tuesday at Solas Bhride, Tully Road, Kildare Town. If you are interested and would like to join us please contact:
Helen – firstname.lastname@example.org
In preparation for our meeting in September we are reading –
The Mystical Imagination of Patrick Kavanagh – A buttonhole in Heaven’
Una Agnew SSL
Our next book club meeting will be on Tuesday 11th September 2018
Kavanagh’s poetry exudes some exquisite instances of delicate lyrical beauty as well as some finely tuned cadences. Frequently, his ‘trucks of language overflow’ and ‘magic / At every turn of the living road is spilled.’ He gathers ‘bits of road’ that under his poetic hazel rod became ‘eternal lanes of joy.’ He celebrates the mystery of trees, dandelions, daisies, and even rejoices in ‘the weeds that grew / somewhere especially for you.’ Kavanagh deals in a magic that is fact mystical. When his work is subjected to academic scrutiny afforded by the ancient template provided by Evelyn Underhill, a distinct mystical movement emerges. This movement is the mystical path of Awakening, Purification, Illumination and Transformation. Once one acknowledges Kavanagh’s mystical agenda, the enterprise of evaluating his contribution changes….
Extract from article first appeared in Spirituality (March-April, 1999), a publication of the Irish Dominicans.