“I couldn’t help but just stop and pause and consider, what would it be like if I had adopted similar spiritual practices [to those of Mother Teresa] that could really sustain my presence and my work in the world? And thus began this exploration really around the connection between contemplation and action.” — Phileena Heuertz
In July at The Well, we had the opportunity to share excerpts from a book we enjoyed and learned from this year. We caught up with Phileena Heuertz, author of Mindful Silence: The Heart of Christian Contemplation, to chat about her journey from justice work to contemplation and the “mixed life” for this episode of the podcast. One of the reasons we were attracted to this book is the number of women we meet who have been formed in their relationships with Phileena and her work in the world and with prayer. We hope you learn from her invitation to contemplation as well.
"Last summer (for the first podcast I ever hosted!), I interviewed Kathy Khang about her book Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up. To prepare for that episode, I read her book sitting in the lobby of a dance studio while my daughter was in her tap dance lesson, to the sound of children tapping their hearts out on the wood dance floor. This summer, fittingly, I read Mindful Silence while my daughter took ballet lessons, much calmer and quieter than tap. Phileena’s book invites us to slow down and consider contemplative practices to connect with Jesus.
"So to conclude our summer special at The Well, join us in listening in on our interview with contemplative activist Phileena Heuertz as she offers thoughts on the way she avoids burnout and finds Christ as the source of her strength through contemplative practices."
— Caroline Triscik
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