Laudato Si' Contemplation Training
“The best antidote against this misuse of our common home is contemplation.” - Pope Francis
In this 5-week training, participants will be introduced to meditation and contemplative practices as a way of prayer, Christian joy, and compassionate action from a contemplative space. The contemplation training will be framed within the spirituality of Laudato Si’ and the Christian commitment to care for creation and our brothers and sisters. Meditation will be taught as one side of the coin of contemplation and action so that as "Saint Bonaventure teaches us ... 'contemplation deepens the more we feel the working of God’s grace within our hearts, and the better we learn to encounter God in creatures outside ourselves.'" (LS 233)
Beginning on May 30 through July 1, the training will have a hybrid structure with online lessons through the Thinkific platform as well as weekly Zoom calls on Thursdays. The weekly Zoom calls will have two different times in order to attend to the different parts of the globe, that way participants can join at the best time for them: 8 AM Manila or 1 PM New York. These Zoom calls will also be recorded and made available on the Thinkific platform.
This training is made possible thanks to the Trust for the Meditation Process.
Schedule of live lessons
Introductions and Intention Setting
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Welcome to the first week!
Laudato Si' and Contemplation
What is contemplation?
This week's live lesson: Thursday, June 2
Practice: Breath Meditation
Practice: Meditating with the Elements
Some tips to develop a daily contemplative practice
Make your plan... and share it!
For further exploration
Welcome and this week's theme: being serenely present
Be still and know...
Watch "A Grateful Day"
Gratitude practice and meditation
Noting what is arising
Thursday, June 8: Live session on Cultivating interior peace and gratitude
Practice: Eating meditation
Welcome to Week 3: Hearing Creation's Song and Cry
A Prayer for our Earth
Hearing Creation's Song
Communing with Creation: Listen, Linger, Love
Thursday, June 16: Live Session on Cultivating Awareness of the Song and Cry of Creation
Hearing Creation's Cry
Praying with the News
Summary and Homework
Welcome to Week 4!
Awareness of food
Awareness of your ecological footprint
Prayer Practice: Ecological Examen
Thursday, June 23: Live session on Cultivating simplicity in our daily life
Consumer challenge: No purchases this week
Summary and Homework
Welcome to Week 5: Integration of contemplation and action
The Contempl-action Paradox
Invitation: talk about climate change
Thursday, June 30: Live session on integrating contemplation and action
Discernment: Your personal response to the climate crisis
Resources on Contemplation and Action
Reflection and evaluation of the course
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May 30 - July 1, with online lessons and weekly Zoom calls
Be part of a learning and supportive community to learn and deepen in a contemplative practice to care for our common home