Drawing water and carrying firewood

August 25, 2009

photo1 The WCCM website is advertising the following seminar:

“This year’s John Main Seminar at the Christian Meditation Retreat Centre in London, England, will be led by Robert Kennedy, Jesuit priest, Zen master, author and professor of theology. He is also a practicing psychotherapist in New York City and a representative at the United Nations of the Institute for Spiritual Consciousness in Politics. In Christian mystical teaching every image of God can become an idol. Robert Kennedy has better understood this – and the meaning of God beyond words and images – through Zen. Fr. Kennedy’s long experience of teaching meditation to modern Christians gives him powerful and much needed insights into the contemporary hunger for the experience of God.”

I studied at the Gregorian University, Rome, for five years and often heard his name mentioned. I could not believe it when I found myself recently sitting opposite him at lunch.


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