Enter the Cloud of Unknowing: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Christians

Podcast-style audio & video course - 6 Topics
Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
Iona College
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Enter the Cloud of Unknowing: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Christians

Podcast-style audio & video course - 6 Topics
Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
Iona College
(1 customer review)
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
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“Love is so powerful that it makes everything one.” (The Cloud of Unknowing)

You are invited to enter a profound and personal contemplative experience.

In this unique retreat, you will join the Master of The Cloud of Unknowing, who will guide you into a powerful encounter with the hidden, living God. Written during the turbulence of 14th-century England, this mystical text and its anonymous author capture some of the most profound contemplative teachings of Christianity.

Presented by internationally acclaimed professor, author, and psalmist Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND, these six conferences will deepen your spirituality. You will discover the teachings of one of the great classics of the Christian tradition, which has profoundly influenced classical and contemporary spirituality.

The Cloud of Unknowing offers unique guidance for anyone who desires intimate contact with God. In these conferences, you will explore the sources of what has come to be known as “centering prayer.” You will discover its roots in the Desert Fathers and Mothers, emergent contemplatives who labored to “put on the mind and heart of Chri

“Love is so powerful that it makes everything one.” (The Cloud of Unknowing)

You are invited to enter a profound and personal contemplative experience.

In this unique retreat, you will join the Master of The Cloud of Unknowing, who will guide you into a powerful encounter with the hidden, living God. Written during the turbulence of 14th-century England, this mystical text and its anonymous author capture some of the most profound contemplative teachings of Christianity.

Presented by internationally acclaimed professor, author, and psalmist Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND, these six conferences will deepen your spirituality. You will discover the teachings of one of the great classics of the Christian tradition, which has profoundly influenced classical and contemporary spirituality.

The Cloud of Unknowing offers unique guidance for anyone who desires intimate contact with God. In these conferences, you will explore the sources of what has come to be known as “centering prayer.” You will discover its roots in the Desert Fathers and Mothers, emergent contemplatives who labored to “put on the mind and heart of Christ.” You will trace the unfolding of spiritual transformation through its earliest pioneers to its ongoing development in our day. 

This journey will draw you closer to life with God through the healing peace of “unknowing.” Let the wisdom of this timeless work guide your spiritual life today.

This retreat is part of the Learn25 collection and includes a free PDF retreat guide.

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Sr. Kathleen Deignan, C.N.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Religious and Environmental Studies at Iona College, where she founded and directs the Iona Spirituality Institute and co-convenes the Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue. Sr. Deignan is also a GreenFaith Fellow engaged in religious environmental leadership and education. The President Emerita of the International Thomas Merton Society, she now animates the Merton Contemplative at Iona and sits on the board of the American Teilhard Association. She holds a master’s degree in the History of Christian Spirituality and adoctorate in Historical Theology from Fordham University. 
Sr. Deignan is the author of Christ Spirit: The Eschatology of Shaker Christianity (Scarecrow Press, 1992), Thomas Merton: When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature (Sorin, 2002), and Thomas Merton: A Book of Hours (Sorin, 2007), as well as numerous articles on classical and contemporary spirituality, which have appeared in The Thomas Merton Annual, The Thomas Merton Seasonal, The Way, and many other journals.
 A sister of the Congregation of Notre Dame, Sr. Deignan is the recipient of numerous awards, including the McCabe Award for Social Justice from Iona College, the Spirit Award from GreenFaith, and the Sapientia et Doctrina Award from Fordham. A leader of retreats and presenter of concerts, she is composer-in-residence for Schola Ministries, which has produced a dozen albums of her extensive repertoire.

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1 review for Enter the Cloud of Unknowing: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Christians

  1. Fr. Michael F., Texas

    Summer Survey: July 2017

    The material is easy to follow, pause & reflect & take it up later. It spells out an ancient text in modern language & explains it wisdom of the time connecting it to modern idioms.

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