Take that next step on your Journey!
We have a variety of spiritual growth opportunities at St. Luke’s, and we invite you to join us!
· Alternate Thursday evenings
· Leader: Frank Morgan
The Thursday Night Bible Study Group is currently studying the Psalms and using the book Answering God: the Psalms as Tools for Prayer by Eugene Peterson. Please contact Frank Morgan with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org/703-360-0807). We hope you can join us on alternate Thursdays at 7:30 pm in St. Luke's Library to begin discussing the book. Please check the Calendar for dates.
St. Luke’s Book Study Group to Read and discuss Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality by Anthony De Mello
Anthony de Mello, a 20th century Jesuit priest passionate about inspiring us to see the world with a deeper sense of awareness, compassion and love, doesn't mince words in this great little book Awareness. If we want to escape the stimulus-response conditioning of our society and begin to truly live, we've gotta build it. "Why don't I see goodness and beauty everywhere? Because you cannot see outside of you what you fail to see inside." The heart of the spiritual message is awareness. Mixing Christian spirituality, Buddhist parables, Hindu breathing exercises, and psychological insight, de Mello's words of hope come together in Awareness in a grand synthesis. In short chapters for reading in quiet moments at home or at the office, he cajoles and challenges: We must leave this go-go-go world of illusion and become aware. And this only happens, he insists, by becoming alive to the needs and potential of others, whether at home or in the workplace. Here, then, is a masterful book of the spirit, challenging us to wake up in every aspect of our lives.
Some excerpts from the book:
"There's nothing so delightful as being aware. Would you rather live in darkness? Would you rather act and not be aware of your words? Would you rather listen to people and not be aware of what you're hearing, or see things and not be aware of what you're looking at? The great Socrates said, `The unaware life is not worth living.' That's a self-evident truth. Most people don't live aware lives. They live mechanical lives, mechanical thoughts--generally somebody else's--mechanical emotions, mechanical actions, mechanical reactions."
"Anytime you have a negative feeling toward anyone, you're living in an illusion. There's something seriously wrong with you. You're not seeing reality. Something inside of you has to change. But what do we generally do when we have a negative feeling? `He is to blame, she is to blame. She's got to change.' No! The world's all right. The one who has to change is you."
Join us as we read and discuss Awareness. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday February 26th, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the St. Luke’s library. The book is available in paperback through your favorite online bookseller, modestly priced, with used copies available. It’s a quick read, so we’ll discuss the whole book at the February meeting. Also, please bring nominations for the next book. Please email George Omohundro at email@example.com with any questions. We hope to have you with us.