[Past Event] The Art of Prayer
Workshop [Past Event] The Art of PrayerSeptember 19 2020 | 10:00 AM
September 19 2020 | 12:00 PM
PAID C S Lewis speaks of the three transcendentals – beauty, goodness and truth – which are linked to the three core human abilities: to feel, to wish and to think. Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar expounds how something beautiful first arrests you (you’re stopped in your tracks), then elects you (you’ve been chosen) and finally sends you (you’re sent on a mission). As humans, we have an illative sense – a natural capacity to sense when we’re in the presence of something remarkable, inspiring and ennobling, that is, something beautiful.
This workshop presents ways in which we can pray with the arts. Drawing from his experience leading a ministry in which the arts play a vital role, Anthony will share how the arts have enabled the faithful to pray creatively in order to encounter God more intimately. As Christian author Ken Gire says, God’s creative acts at the beginning of time gave rise to the arts, which are now signposts for our spiritual journey, opening windows for encountering God. This leads us into a more expansive understanding and experience of God, leading us into greater intimacy.
Location: Zoom Classroom , own study place
Lecturer : Anthony Siow
Anthony Siow is a spiritual director trained in the Ignatian tradition. Like Peter, Anthony left behind a successful advertising career to follow God's call to cast the net elsewhere. Making use of his skills and creativity in advertising, Anthony incorporates the arts and popular culture into his work as spiritual and retreat director. Anthony conducts retreats regularly for BGST and serves as a mentor for the school. He also leads silent retreats to Thailand and Australia.