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Called to be Mystics event – June 2019

You are invited to join us for the “Called to be mystics” event on Saturday 22nd June 2019 in Croi Nua Spirituality Centre in Galway.

It will will feature expert presenters/scholars (Kieran Hayes, social worker/ Dr Bernadette Masterson, PhD in Spirituality/ John McDermott, MA in Applied Spirituality) on the mystical call of Thomas Merton, Etty Hilseum and John O’Donohue. They will review the spiritual writers’ lives and literature. Meditation and reflection time will be facilitated on the call of the writers’ mysticism and their intimate relationship with God.

Etty Hillesum (1914–1943)

‘There is a really deep well inside me. And in it dwells God. Sometimes I am there too. But more often stones and grit block the well, and God is buried beneath. Then He must be dug out again’

In the midst of Nazi occupied Holland (1940–1945), this young Dutch-Jewish woman managed a dramatic spiritual transformation from a fearful, self-enclosed, dispirited person to a more trusting, open and meaningful life. Today, her life shows us what it means to live and love with authenticity.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

‘If you are to penetrate your own silence and are to advance without fear into the solitude of your own heart, and risk the sharing of that solitude with the lonely other who seeks God through you and with you’

American Trappist monk Thomas Merton’s message for every Christian is that we must by way of faith, selfless love and humble prayer realize the nothingness we fear and recognise that in that place resides our deepest long for God. Today, through contemplation, we must find our own silence with God.

John O’Donohue (1956-2008)

‘Nuair a dhúisíonn an t-anam, tosaíonn an cuardach agus ní féidir leat dul ar ais riamh. Ó shin i leith, bíonn imní ort go háirithe agus ní chuirfidh tú in iúl duit arís i dtalamh íseal agus a chomhlíonadh go páirteach’

(Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfilment)

Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue’s spiritual heritage provides a rich and profound journey into the landscape of the soul. Today, his message is most relevant as he believed that true spirituality must always have an internal relationship with nature.


Places are limited and pre-booking is essential.


Please register on Eventbrite, following this link.




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