Listening at the Threshold: Voices of Saints and Ancestors
with Christine Valters Paintner
Monday, October 30, 2023
***Hosted by Mercy by the Sea
The days around late October and early November are especially sacred in the Celtic and Christian traditions, when the veil between worlds is believed to be especially thin. It is a threshold time when the old falls away and the new is coming into birth. Heaven and earth reach toward one another. As the nights grow ever darker in the northern hemisphere we are invited to listen for the voices of the saints and ancestors. Through ritual, song, poetry, meditation, reflection, and writing exploration, we will gather in a virtual sanctuary space and honor these wise and well ones. We will listen to what guidance we might receive for the challenging times we live in. The saints and ancestors have lived through their own times of plague and unrest and embody the gift of Love which they continue to offer to us. We can hear their whispers in our blood and bones as we open to the heart of who we most deeply are.
This program is inspired by Christine’s newest book The Love of Thousands: How Angels, Saints, and Ancestors Walk With Us Toward Holiness.
Your Guide for the Journey
Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE
Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE is the online Abbess for Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery and global community integrating contemplative practice and creative expression. Her programs draw on the wisdom of the desert, Celtic, and Benedictine spiritual traditions as well as the joy of the expressive arts, embodied practice, and Earth-cherishing wisdom. Christine is the author of numerous books on spirituality and creativity, including three collections of poetry. She lives on the west coast of Ireland with her husband John and dog Sourney. Find out more about her here.
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