Men, Grief, and Pain: The Paschal Mystery

Chagall White Crucifixion

A Holy Week Prayer Ritual

with Gorecki’s Third Symphony

Monday, March 29 at 7 PM — Transept Prayer Chapel

Grief is an area of men’s spirituality that often goes untended. Many men find grief work difficult and push it off into the recesses of their emotional and spiritual lives. But unprocessed grief is the source of much anger and pain for men, and they need to find a way through it, often with other men, so new life can come.

Pastor Michael Coffey, a leader of male/masculine spirituality groups, will guide men through the process with a prayer ritual attuned to the message of Holy Week – the cross and the Paschal Mystery. Participants will join in a time of processing pain and grief in men’s lives and seeing God’s transforming power in the difficult journeys we all must undergo.

During the event, the group will listen to Gorecki’s Third Symphony, the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. Composed in 1976, it is a cathartic
exploration of grief, loss, and the crucifixion.

Men of all denominations and faiths are invited to participate in this time of contemplation and healing.

Spirituality in Movies: The Gospel According to Matthew (Pasolini)

matthewMonday, March 22 at 6:30 PM

This 1964 film by Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini is a profound and challenging representation of Matthew’s Gospel.  It uses powerful imagery to tell much of the story, and most of the dialogue is faithful to the Gospel text.  Just a week before Holy Week, this film will help us discuss the story of Jesus and the varied interpretations of Jesus’ suffering and death.  Bring dinner if you want, invite a friend, and enjoy the free popcorn.

Upcoming movies:

April 26  The Life of Brian

May 24  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind