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St. Andrew's Abbey Retreat Office
661 944 2178
* Office hours are from 8:30am-5:00pm (closed for mass and lunch 11:45am-1:30pm)
* Check in time starts at 3:00pm. Check out time is 10:00am (exceptions may apply)
THE WAY OF BEAUTY
Friday, October 27 – Sunday, October 29
Another way to say Christ in all His glory is to say Christ in all His beauty. An experience of Christ through beauty awakens faith or fortifies it to a deeper surety. God allows us to see breathtaking beauty in nature. David Clayton proposes that “the aims for the supernatural transformation of the person are so that he can in turn transfigure the whole culture through the divine beauty of his daily actions. There is no human activity, no matter how mundane, that cannot be enhanced by this formation in beauty.” While the manifestations of the Holy Spirit are rarely praised beyond “the work was inspired,” the work of some has been done by saints or beatified persons, such as Fra Angelico or Antoni Gaudi. Creativity driven by the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in people results in many forms of beauty that bring others to a sense of Christ’s beauty. These can range from August Kekule’s benzene ring formation [chemistry], to the glorious movement of Pete Sampras’ tennis serve [biomechanics] and on to draw from sacred music, including Valyermo’s Fr. Angelus Echeverry’s compositions “Suscipe me” and “Flos Carmeli” and more. This retreat will enliven our experience of beauty in many of its manifestations and expressions.
Fr. Francis Benedict has been a monk of Valyermo since 1967. He earned an MA in Philosophy from Loyola-Marymount University and an MS in Theology from Mt. Angel in Oregon. He was ordained a priest in 1976. He served as the Abbey's abbot for 16 years. His special areas of ministry include spiritual direction, preaching retreats, and working with 12-step recovery groups. In addition to many responsibilities at the Abbey, he now serves as the Director of Oblates.
DR. AUDREY SPINDLER is an oblate of Valyermo and a presenter and facilitator of Centering Prayer under Contemplative Outreach. Having earned her Ph.D. and RD, she is a former professor of Foods and Nutrition and Director of the Didactic Program of Dietetics in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at State University. She received over 10 teaching awards and published more than 40 refereed papers.