Yesterday I gave a retreat day for students and alumni of the Masters of Theology program at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul. About 50 participated and we had a grace-filled day.
The theme of the retreat was The Gift of an Awakened Heart. As I defined it for the retreatants, an awakened heart is a heart alive to the consonence of its beat with the hearbeat of God, a heart nourished and formed by the heart of God.
In the opening session, I began by talking about the qualities of an awakened heart and then focused on those things that make it difficult for us to live out of an awakened heart, misconceptions that hinder our ability to open ourselves to the gift of an awakened heart. In the two subsequent sessions, I talked about ways we might over come those barriers to more fully live out of an awakened heart.
You can access a recording of the opening talk of yesterday’s retreat day here or stream it from the icon below. The podcast runs for 40:25.