Heart-Work of Love: Meister Eckhart’s Vision of Wholeness in a Time of Fragmentation
Wednesday 24 January in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15
“The eye with which I see God is exactly the same eye with which God sees me. My eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowledge, one love.” One seeing: this is the key to faithful living. One knowledge: this is a theme central to the writings of Meister Eckhart (d. 1328), which speaks prophetically to a hurried culture like ours, riddled with brokenness and burdened with anxiety. One love: if we could find a way to live into this, personally and as a society, we would be healthier and happier. The challenge is putting such a depth-vision into practice. This talk offers the opportunity to do just this: to drink deeply from the wellspring of a vision like Eckhart’s that invites us to “make all things new,” beginning with our own lives. Courageous and even audacious, Eckhart’s language was well ahead of his times, offering us the kind of wisdom we need to live into the “new” life that faith promises. Such a vision, anticipating the reformers’ later emphasis on radical grace, embodies Jesus’ sense that “eternal life” invites us to live into ever deeper love—here and now. Come to taste the fruit of this bold visionary. Expect the stirrings of transformation.
Prof. Mark Burrows, Ph.D. is well-known internationally for his writings and as a lecturer and retreat leader. A published poet with a doctorate in historical theology, he has devoted his energies as teacher and scholar to the intersection of theology and the arts, above all as mediated by the mystics. These offer us what he describes as “the most practical and life-changing sources” in our tradition. Currently professor of theology and literature at the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum, Germany, he is the author (with Jon Sweeney) of a recent book of poems inspired by Meister Eckhart, Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart. Meditations for the Restless Soul (Hampton House, 2017), a title one reviewer recently described as “brimming with passion, originality, and depth”.
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