What we do
New Monasticisms Ireland hosts –
Three major teaching events in the year.
Engages in reflection and meditation.
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 Thursday31st January 2019 . Our usual time 7.30pm
We continue to read – A New Harmony – The Spirit, The Earth and The Human Soul by John Philip Newell – Starting with chapter 6 and continuing to the end of the book.
Please note we will not be meeting in December.
In a world that seems increasingly fragmented, J. Philip Newell calls us to a vision of life’s essential oneness. He invites us to listen for the heartbeat of God and to be part of a new harmony. A New Harmony is based on a Christianity more integrated with the earth and with the rest of humanity and we are taken on a pathway towards transformation in our lives. A New Harmony communicates across the boundaries of religion and race that have separated us and honours our distinct inheritances by serving what is deeper still-the oneness of our origins and the oneness of Earth’s destiny. Newell explores the essential interconnectedness of all things. Everything – whether the expanding light of distant galaxies or humanity’s inner light of mind and consciousness – carries within itself the life of the universe’s shared beginning. With keen insight and sensitivity, he confronts the brokenness of our harmony, as individuals and families and as nations and species. Only by knowing and naming the extent and depth of our disharmony will we find the way forward. Confronting our brokenness, individually and together, is integral to the hope for healing.
Newell leads us on a pathway of discovery toward transforming the way we understand ourselves – Review Book Depository
Cill Dara Book Club meets every first or fourth Tuesday at
Solas Bhride, Tully Road, Kildare Town. Time: 7pm
If you are interested and would like to join us please contact:Helen – firstname.lastname@example.org
In preparation for our meeting on January 22nd 2019 we are reading:
The Shattering of Loneliness by Erik Varden OSCO
The experience of loneliness is as universal as hunger or thirst. Because it affects us more intimately, we are less inclined to speak of it. But who has not known its gnawing ache? The fear of loneliness causes anguish. It prompts reckless deeds. To this, every age has borne witness. No voice is more insidious than the one that whispers in our ear: ‘You are irredeemably alone, no light will pierce your darkness.’ The fundamental statement of Christianity is to convict that voice of lying.
The Christian condition unfolds within the certainty that ultimate reality, the source of all that is, is a personal reality of communion, no metaphysical abstraction. Men and women, made ‘in the image and likeness’ of God, bear the mark of that original communion stamped on their being. When our souls and bodies cry out for Another, it is not a sign of sickness, but of health. A labour of potential joy is announced. We are reminded of what we have it in us to become. That our labour may be fruitful, Scripture repeatedly exhorts us to ‘remember’. The remembrance enjoined is partly introspective and existential, partly historical, for the God who took flesh to redeem our loneliness leaves traces in history.
This book examines six facets of Christian remembrance, complementing biblical exegesis with readings from literature, ancient and modern. It aims to be an essay in theology. At the same time, it proposes a grounded reflection on what it means to be a human being.