Dark Night of the Soul
Friday, Mar 8, 2019 – Sunday, Mar 10, 2019
5:00pm – 1:00pm
Dark Night of the Soul
Join us as we explore the spiritual journey of St. John of the Cross
Night of Sense, Night of Spirit – March 8-10, 2019 – Friday, 5pm to Sunday, 1pm
“There is an unknowing that is higher than all knowledge, a darkness that is supremely bright; and in this dazzling darkness, divine things are given to those who seek Him….” Gregory Palamas
How do we find words for a “dark” experience…. or is it really dark? In this weekend retreat, St. John of the Cross charts the fundamental journey of the human spirit where no words can satisfy. The dark night is a metaphor and often misunderstood. The Night of Sense and Night of Spirit provide an interior landscape of the soul that presents the human experience of being wounded and simultaneously, the experience of being healed by the divine physician. The “dark nights” are an amazing story of human development aided by grace as told in these images and provides inspired insight into our contemporary contemplative spiritual journey.
Who is John of the Cross? John of the Cross (1542-1591) was a 16th Century Spanish mystic, Carmelite priest, author, teacher, poet, and beloved friend of St. Teresa of Avila and Doctor of the Universal Church. Today, many people still turn to John for guidance in the critical “dark night” of life. He was not only a great mystic and outstanding spiritual guide, but well known for his extraordinary relationship and experience of God as expressed in his classic poem “The Living Flame of Love.” He is well-worthy of the title “mystical doctor.”
What is the format of this retreat experience? The weekend will allow time for presentation on the stages of spiritual life as exemplified in the writings of John of the Cross, small group process, periods of contemplative prayer in community and free time for reflection and rest.
Retreat leader, Susan Komis Susan is the former Director of Chapter Programs & Services of Contemplative Outreach and continues to serve as a commissioned presenter and retreat director. She is a Pastoral Minister and has been active in adult faith development, spiritual direction and inter-spiritual dialogue. Susan previously worked in Human Resources for two corporations. The Dark Night of the Soul is one of her favorite topics in the contemplative dimension. Susan has offered this weekend event throughout the United States, Canada and the Dominican Republic. She resides in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, is married and the mother of adult children and grandchildren.
Event LocationMarianist Retreat & Conference Center, 4000 Highway 109
Eureka, MO, 63025
PAY IN FULL NOW – Private Room (Per Person)
PAY IN FULL NOW – Shared Room for Couples Only (Per Person)
PAY-ONLY-$25-NOW OPTION (NON-REFUNDABLE): Balance Due Upon Arrival
PAY IN FULL NOW – Commuter Rate