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Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB

Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation, UK

Father Freeman, a Benedictine priest, will bring to the Parliament his wisdom as a highly regarded voice on the universality of meditation, speaking on the revival of Christian contemplation in modern times as a way to serve global consciousness, and what Simone Weil calls the 'new holiness'. This deepening of authentic religious practice can fuel and sustain ethical engagement with the world. More...

Our world is in huge turmoil and an old order is passing away in every aspect of human society. In times of crisis and danger the contemplative heart of religion inevitably comes to higher prominence. Increasingly, people look towards the deeper mysteries of being that give meaning to what seems random and chaotic in their personal and collective experience.
To calculate our degree of poverty of spirit we have only to evaluate our desire. What are we desiring and how are we desiring it? Usually the more we desire the less poor in spirit we are. Heightened desire leads to a discontentedness and self-centredness that blocks the natural flow of compassion that is the life of the spirit and the authenticating brightness of our enlightenment in Christ.
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