art and spirituality

Hands on a piano in the dark - used with permission from unsplash.com
Music is the most mysterious of all the arts because the symbols it uses are remote from our immediate experience. In literature we are using words that have a meaning fixed in advance.  In painting we are using forms from the external world with which we are fairly familiar.  But in music we are using tones that seem to have a life of their own, apart from the external world;  and the rhythms seem strangely independent of natural rhythms, though there are analogies here.And yet...
I have been working in the field of Ignatian spirituality since 1978, shortly after ordination, in most of the retreat or spirituality centres of the Jesuits in Britain. My final formation year as a Jesuit was spent in an international group in Japan and the Philippines. In that year I was drawn to the shared insights of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and Zen practice. I found it an enriching time which opened my own spiritual horizons in a significant and inclusive way. Since that time I...
Set in the rolling hills of North Wales, with views of the sea and Snowdonia, St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in St Asaph provides the perfect environment for people seeking the space to reflect on the presence of God in their lives and in the world. St Beuno’s dates back to 1848, having being built originally as a place of study for Jesuits. Its architect was Joseph Aloysius Hansom (of Hansom Cab fame). The fine stone buildings give a grand impression over the Welsh countryside, while...