Middle Dutch Mysticism with Rob Faesen, SJ

Jan van Ruusbroec

The six conferences by Rob Faesen, SJ were webcast live from Casa LeSalle in Rome, Italy on Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Fr. Faesen would like you to have the following materials: click here to download a PDF.


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CONFERENCE ONE

Foundations of Middle Dutch Mystics, Part 1

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CONFERENCE TWO

Foundations of Middle Dutch Mystics, Part 2

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Reflection Questions:
As you listened to the presentation on the Middle Dutch Mystics, were there times when it seemed that Ryken was very conscious of this spirituality and was influenced by its perspective? What were a few of the themes that seemed to influence Ryken ?


CONFERENCE THREE

Jan van Ruusbroec – Life and works

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Second Part of the Third Conference

Reflection Questions:
What experiences or situations from your own life come to mind when you listen to the description of Middle Dutch Spirituality and reflect on Ryken’s own spiritual experience? As you recall and reflect on these life events in the light of the insights of these spiritualities, can you sense a connection, appreciation and call to fuller participation in their formative influence in your life?


CONFERENCE FOUR

Turning toward God, the “common person,” Martha and Mary, Part 1

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CONFERENCE FIVE

Turning toward God, the “common person,” Martha and Mary, Part 2

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Reflection Questions:
If we consider our entire history as Xaverian Brothers, in what way does our charism, spirit and style of life embody elements of Middle Dutch Spirituality?


CONFERENCE SIX

Ecclesial dimension in Ruusbroec, later influences of Ruusbroec’s spirituality

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Second Part of the Sixth Conference

Reflection Questions:
As we listen carefully, openly and non-judgmentally to one another and courageously, non-defensively and generously express our insights, do we begin to intuit a “shared aspiration” and a “creative imagination” that directs us toward a way of living that integrates and harmonizes our lives as Brothers (in prayer, community, and mission)?

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