On This Day: August 13


"The eye with which I see God is exactly the same eye with which God sees me. My eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowledge, one love." This is pure Eckhart, and one could say of such a claim that it is about all one needs to know. The challenge is putting it into practice. At a day-long retreat, based on the recently published book of the same title, there will be an opportunity to do just this: to drink deeply from the wellspring of Eckhart's vision, and allow it to shape-shift our lives into more creative and audacious forms of faithfulness. Bold, courageous, and sometimes outrageous, his language continues to be a guiding beacon of light to those seeking to live more authentically, faithfully, freely. We will explore Eckhart with help from a new book of the same name (written by the presenter Mark Burrows, with his colleague Jon Sweeney), published in 2017. This book voices Eckhart's thought in short, meditative poem/prayers, offerings a feast one critic has described as "brimming with passion, originality, and depth". Come to drink deeply of this bold visionary. Expect transformation.

Mark Burrows is well-known internationally for his writings and as a lecturer and retreat leader. A published poet with a doctorate in historical theology, he has devoted his life as teacher and scholar to exploring the intersection of theology, spirituality, and the arts. Poetry and mysticism are his passion, "among the most practical and life-changing sources one can find," he says.


Mark is currently professor of theology and literature at the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum, Germany. He is sought-after as a speaker on topics related to spirituality and the arts. Co-author, with Jon Sweeney, of Meister Eckhart's Book of the Heart: Meditations for the Restless Soul (Hamden House, 2017); he edits poetry for the journals Spiritus and Arts, and is an oblate at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, MA.

The retreat will take place Saturday, August 4, 9-3:30 pm at The Well Spirituality Center, 1515 West Ogden Avenue, La Grange Park. Cost: $75 including lunch.

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