Many catechists are eager to deepen their own prayer life so that they in turn can help those they teach to do the same. I’d like to recommend an extremely helpful and valuable little book that just came out: A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer: Discovering the Power of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Examen. I read this book on the train the other day (yes, it’s that brief – 82 pages - that you can read it in one or two sittings!) and I found it to be one of the clearest descriptions of an adult way to pray – a form of prayer that is reflective and yet simple at the same time. Learning to pray the Examen can help catechists to teach reflective prayer to their own students. In particular, catechists in the RCIA and other adult catechetical settings will find this book (written by friend and colleague Jim Manney) to be a profoundly valuable tool in teaching other adults how to pray.
Have a great weekend everyone!