We've been talking about a series of soul-training practices all Fall. In this lesson we pause from these content-dense lessons, to reflect on why we want to train our souls in the first place. I determined to teach this lesson to myself as I focus my soul this Advent, and decided to let everyone else listen in.
We continue looking at the Divine Call to be a hospitable people to strangers and outsiders, 1200 years after the Calling of Abraham was issued. This soul-training tool is again, a powerful means to both better the earth and transform our souls
As we're talking about the ancient paths that tend to the well-being of the soul, we turn to the early practice of hospitality. From the time of Abraham, this has been a central theme of spiritual people.
In this lesson we look at a very practical way to turn our prayer less into words, and more into awakening to the awareness of what God is already up to. It's a contemplative practice for daily use called The Welcoming Prayer.
Many have abandoned prayer as irrelevant, incomprehensible, or useless. Sadly, there is good reason why they have done so. In this lesson we talk about how prayer has devolved into talking, talking, talking, and the underlying unspoken assumption that makes us responsible for the universe. Next week we'll talk about some practical forms of prayer that undo this toxic assumption.
Today we lay a foundation for a series of lessons about tending the gardens of our souls. To become the kind of people other people want to be around, indeed the kind of people we ourselves want to be around, requires attentiveness to spiritual growth. In this lesson we look at why this is so, and suggest a motivation for being diligent in following the ancient spiritual paths.
Today we listen to the wisdom of one of the wise men of our Christian heritage. His name was Francois Fenelon. He lived about 400 years ago, and wrote spiritual letters, many of which have survived. In the letter we look at today, he writes about tolerance for people in their weakness. Have a listen.