Retreat: "God is Your Center: A Contemplative Retreat" led by Rev. Martin Laird, O.S.A.

St. John of the Cross says it simply: "God is your center." In our own time, Howard Thurman, the famous preacher and mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr., has realized the very same truth: "There is in each of us an uncreated element." Neither John of the Cross nor Howard Thurman are saying anything original. Each has simply seen through the illusion of separation from God. Union with God is not something any of us needs to acquire. It only needs to be realized.

By means of self-forgetful release into the practice of contemplation, the illusion of separation from God is dispelled. We become so silent before God that the "before" drops away. Through times spent together in silent prayer, conferences, and discussion, we shall consider the subtle difficulties we meet in something so simple as stillness and consider why the sense of being separate from God is so convincing.

This weekend retreat has been organized in partnership with The World Community for Christian Meditation.

The commuting retreat schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, March 2, 7-9:30pm
  • Saturday, March 3, 9am-4pm
  • Sunday, March 4, 9am-12pm (we will conclude the retreat with a Contemplative Eucharist)

To Attend
Registration is open online (click Buy Tickets button). In the event the retreat is canceled, participants will be notified by Wednesday, the week of the retreat. Registration fees are refunded only if the workshop is canceled; no refund for partial attendance or no-show.

Please call the Center for Religion and Spirituality at 310-338-2799 or e-mail

About the Retreat Leader
Rev. Martin Laird, O.S.A., Ph.D. is professor of Early Christian Studies at Villanova University. Rev. Laird has lectured and written extensively on contemplative prayer. Among his published works are Into the Silent LandA Sunlit Absence, and the forthcoming An Ocean of Light, all from Oxford University Press.

Friday, March 2 at 7:00pm to 9:30pm

More dates through March 4, 2018

University Hall, Roski Dining Room
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Event Type

Liturgies and Spiritual


LMU Extension, Center for Religion and Spirituality


Extension Ministry Studies


$125 per person




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This event requires registration.