Contemplative Dialogue

Is anyone listening? We want people to hear us and we want to communicate what is in our hearts.In this program Jean Holsten, Director of Dialogue and Outreach of Bread of Life Center, Sacramento, CA, discusses with Fr. Mike how she helps people achieve real listening and true dialogue with others.

Jean tells of her life growing up in the 60’s in diverse San Francisco. They then moved to Sacramento and it was a different world. There was an African American family who lived near them. Someone lit a cross on their lawn.

Eventually she became disillusioned and moved away from the Church. She had become a successful lawyer but discovered a hole in her life. Alcohol and drugs seemed to fill that void, but not really. She recovered through AA Twelve Step Program and became a new person.She went to the gospels and found that Jesus was always in relationships. But we humans don’t know how to deal with relationships. So now she helps others with practices, skills and tools to slow down enough to hear and see God through others. She calls this Contemplative Dialogue or Active Engagement.