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The Night School for Deeper Learning (Series IX, Session IV) with Great Poets of Advent and Christmas
December 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
As this Night School class comes deep in the Advent Season, Rick will invite into our gathering a few great poets of Advent and Christmas. We will read together a few well-known hymns of this season.
Welcome to the conclusion of Series 9. This Series began with the Letter to the Ephesians in the New Testament (September 2021); then to the remarkable St. Bonaventure of the 13th century (receiving his work in two parts, in October and November); and now finishing up in the third week of Advent with “Christmas Poets and Carols.”
It is reflective of the “nimbleness” that we cultivate at the Faber Institute that we have postponed the visit of Pope Francis to a later Series, so that we can attune ourselves to this “Gaudete” (Latin meaning “Rejoice!) Week of Advent. We will have as our Guests on Tuesday night a gathering of Christmas poets and the Christmas carols that developed from their poems. Look for Christina Rossetti, Charles Wesley, James Taylor, Isaac Watts, the King’s College Choir, Shawn Colvin, and others.
As St. Paul enjoins in his Philippians 4: “Always be joyful, then, in the Lord; I repeat, be joyful. Let your good sense be obvious to everybody. The Lord is near. Never worry about anything; but tell God all your desires of every kind in prayer and petition shot through with gratitude, and the peace of God which is beyond our understanding will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.”
The overarching theme of Series 9 of The Night School for Deeper Learning is: “To live in a manner worthy of the call that you have received” (Ephesians 4:1). We will learn from the early Christian author of that Letter (1st century); from an Italian (St. Bonaventure, OFM, 13th century), from a German (Meister Eckhart, OP, 13th century), and from the current Pope, Francis I (since 2013, 21st century), who is an Argentinian. So, we will meet a near Apostle, a Franciscan, a Dominican, and a Jesuit.
The Night School is an experience of deep thought. This spiritual exercise activates in those who attend a longing for more depth of life and cultivates in them a greater capacity to explore with intellect and feeling the profound riches of the deep Tradition. In each class, the group is introduced to a new “guest” who were/are profound thinkers or missionaries or musicians or architects or philosophers or painters or poets or theologians or mystics. In sum, The Night School is meant to be enjoyable, even startling at times (surprised by the wisdom and beauty we have available to us when given a chance to experience it), and most of all to be an experience of God.
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