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The Invitation podcast is a 'little retreat' to help you hear and respond to the God's invitation to a deeper relationship with him. Each episode is a guided prayer and meditation led by Josh Banner, a certified spiritual director.

The Invitation Joshua Banner

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9, 51 Ratings

The Invitation podcast is a 'little retreat' to help you hear and respond to the God's invitation to a deeper relationship with him. Each episode is a guided prayer and meditation led by Josh Banner, a certified spiritual director.

    Dr Jared Ortiz & Pastor Dominic Palacios - Conversation #13 No. 57

    Dr Jared Ortiz & Pastor Dominic Palacios - Conversation #13 No. 57

    A Reformed Pastor and Catholic Theologian Walk Into a Bar…. No. This isn’t the lead into a joke. These two friends didn’t walk into a bar, they sat in my office in August 2018 to talk about contemplative prayer, the Lord’s prayer, catechism, and theological orthodoxy. As a pause from our series through Fr Martin Laird’s A Sunlit Absence, Pastor Dominic Palacios and Dr Jared Ortiz speak candidly about the tensions within the church to engage the deeper levels of transformation available in contemplative spirituality. The greatest gift these two men offer is a way of sharing what they have in common in Jesus Christ rather than focusing on what makes them different. In the context of our very divided society and its culture wars, this conversation displays that there is peace, love, hope, growth, unity, fellowship still possible even today! Please subscribe to the Invitation Podcast to stay informed about the new episode, retreats, and classes we offer: https://www.invitationpodcast.org/subscribe

    • 1 hr 13 min
    A Sunlit Absence by Fr Martin Laird – Part VIII No. 56

    A Sunlit Absence by Fr Martin Laird – Part VIII No. 56

    Part VIII completes chapter three of Fr Martin Laird's book, A Sunlit Absence. Josh offers some more context of Fr Laird's writing by looking at one saying of Abba Arsenius from the 4th century desert sayings. The question for discernment before us is what kind of daily practices, rhythms, disciplines each of us need to cultivate and nurture inner silence so that we can remain open to the love and life of God. You are invited to join our Zoom chat with Fr Laird Thursday, July 9 at 2pm EST. To find more information be sure to subscribe: www.invitationpodcast.org/subscribe

    • 39 min
    A Sunlit Absence by Fr Martin Laird – Part VII No. 55

    A Sunlit Absence by Fr Martin Laird – Part VII No. 55

    his is part VII of our journey through Fr Martin Laird’s A Sunlit Absence, the second of his three books on contemplative prayer. In the last episode we looked at how the opposite of the contemplative life is not the active life, but the reactive life. In this episode we consider how silence leads us to justice, to an honest awareness of what is broken, sick, and failing inside of ourselves. Fr Laird is working out the teachings of Jordon of Saxony, a 13th century Augustinian monk who writes, “Through silence a brother begins to cultivate and practice justice by which virtue he is informed so as to live his own life honestly. Not to harm others, and to each each one his due. Such formation as this carries anyone so formed on to the state of perfection. On the other hand, from the breakdown of silence, disturbance of mind arise. Quarrels are borne.”

    A simple summary of Jordan of Saxony goes like this: the children of silence: peace of mind and cultivation of justice.

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    • 35 min
    A Sunlit Absence by Fr Martin Laird – Part Six No. 54

    A Sunlit Absence by Fr Martin Laird – Part Six No. 54

    This episode is part SIX of our journey through Fr Martin Laird's book A Sunlit Absence. Here Josh completes a guided study and practice through chapter two. It is not too late for you to join into this journey especially if you want to join into the webinar Q&A session with Fr Laird. Information and signup to be involved in the Q&A is found here: https://www.invitationpodcast.org/fr-laird-qa-webinar
    Due to Covid-19 the date and time for the first of these two sessions is TBA. In this time of quarantine and as we face the racism in America, we invite you to contemplation for two reasons: 1. Contemplation is a practice of Divine healing, where the Holy Spirit can have more access to reach the trauma, exhaustion, and despair we are experiencing. 2. Contemplation is a de-centering practice that open us to listen to God, and others, especially open to see how we are complicit in racism and in other arenas of sin. For more help with facing racism, please visit: https://www.invitationpodcast.org/facing-racism

    • 35 min
    Checking In w/ Chris Hoke - Contemplation, Racism, Prison & the Church - Conversation #12 No. 53

    Checking In w/ Chris Hoke - Contemplation, Racism, Prison & the Church - Conversation #12 No. 53

    In the context of the growing race protests across America, Josh checks in with one of his favorite conversation partners, Chris Hoke of Underground Ministries in the Skagit Valley of Washington State. Chris initially appeared in episode 19 in January of 2018. Chris has been a prison chaplain and now also is involved connecting former convicts with local churches. Josh especially wanted to reach out to Chris to discuss the question of race after the killing of George Floyd. Chris will become a regular monthly contributor to the Invitation Podcast to help create conversation that connects the dots between deep, spiritual formation and the outcasts of America's industrial incarceration system. ALSO, we are continuing our journey with Fr Martin Laird's A Sunlit Absence this summer. Sign up for our two webinar Q&A sessions with him at www.invitationpodcast.org/fr-laird-qa-webinar

    • 1 hr 12 min
    A Sunlit Absence by Fr Martin Laird – Part FIVE No. 52

    A Sunlit Absence by Fr Martin Laird – Part FIVE No. 52

    To introduce Part V of our journey through Fr Martin Laird's A Sunlit Absence, Josh takes a moment to wrestle with the point of contemplative prayer in the midst of America's current racial upheaval. The two main gifts of contemplation for us as we heal of our racism is: 1. contemplation is divine therapy. It is a safe place to rest, to find healing, and to draw in the life of God as we continue in these very difficult race conversations and continue in our protesting. 2. Contemplation can lead to the de-centering that is necessary to see ourselves, to see our own contribution to the racism of America, and to hear, listen and see our black and brown brothers and sisters.

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    • 31 min

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