“Create in me a clean heart, O God”:

A Lenten Retreat with the Penitential Psalms

Saturday, April 6

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

St. Scholastica Monastery

The seven Penitential Psalms [Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51 (quote used in title), 102, 130, and 143] have offered a curriculum of Lenten spiritual preparation for centuries. It is said that Augustine covered his walls with these psalms, and found them especially powerful as he approached his death. You are invited to a transforming experience featuring the Penitential Psalms in this Lenten Retreat. We will attempt to discover the deep meaning of each of the psalms through lectio divina. We will consider how these psalms speak to the larger context of the Old and New Testaments. Most importantly, we will use these psalms as a means of transformation of our personal lives, our communities, and our world.

Facilitator: Pastor Dave Mesner is called as Lead Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Duluth. He is an Oblate of the Order of St. Benedict at St. Scholastica Monastery. Pastor Dave is a spiritual director who received his Ph. D. in Biblical Studies and Classics from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He currently serves the Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as Chair of the Honduras Mission and Ministry Committee, Board member of the School of Lay Ministry, and facilitator of the Grounded in Grace spiritual formation group.

Cost: $70 (includes lunch)    $140 with Overnight stay.