Join us at 7 pm on October 3 for a lecture with author Judith Valente.
How To Be An Everyday Contemplative
How can we discover what really matters? What does it mean to become an "everyday contemplative?" Judith Valente was once a hard-charging professional, working for The Wall Street Journal and PBS-TV. She will describe how spending extended periods of time in a Midwest monastery helped her shed a "dual diagnosis" of workaholism and over-achieverism. She will explore how we can all apply the monastic values of listening, hospitality, simplicity, silence, prayer, and praise to our daily lives, and find a way forward from the distractions that keep us from being truly mindful and becoming who we are meant to be.
All are welcome to attend the lecture at 7 pm. Faculty are also invited to a special luncheon at noon with the author. Valente's afternoon talk will focus on "The Art of Pausing: Reclaiming A Sense of Balance In Our Lives." Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Judith Valente is the author of four spirituality books. Her expertise is in helping busy people enjoy more balanced and reflective lives. An award-winning journalist, poet and essayist, her most recent book is How To Live: What The Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning and Community. Her previous book, Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, A Spiritual Home and a Living Faith, which chronicles her regular visits to a Benedictine monastery, was selected by Religion NewsWriters Association as one of the three best spirituality books of 2013. The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed was recognized by the Catholic Press Association. Judith is a former staff writer for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal and covered religion news for national PBS-TV. She is also the author of two poetry collections. She is a sought-after speaker on work and faith, and guides frequent retreats and workshops across the country on living a more contemplative life in the age of Twitter.
This event is sponsored by the Mount's Catholic and Dominican Institute.