Year of Faith Retreat – Week 4, Day 2: The Three “Venues” of Prayer (Forms of Prayer, Part I)

WEEK FOUR: Prayer DAY 2: The Three “Venues” of Prayer (Forms of Prayer, Part I) Take a moment to think of all of the ways we can communicate with someone nowadays:     In person (orally) Handwritten note E-mail Text message Skype Tweet Voice mail Telegram FAX Instant message In today’s world we have many different ways by which we can send and receive messages. In our prayer lives, as well, we have many different ways in […]

Resources for Teaching Meditation to Children

While in Tucson, AZ, at their catechetical conference last week, I spent some time at a booth in the exhibit hall sponsored by The World Community for Christian Meditation. There, I found some very nice resources for teaching Christian meditation to children. The WCCM traces its contemporary roots to London, 1975, when John Main established the Christian Meditation Centre. It considers itself a “monastery without walls.” Recently, Bishop Michael Putney of the Diocese of Townsville […]

My First Session – Part 3

So far, I’ve summarized the first 45-50 minutes of my first session with my 8th graders this past Monday evening, detailing the Engage and Explore steps of my lesson. Today, I’ll detail the REFLECT step which is designed to lead the young people to pray from within the truths they are learning. Here are the details: Before class began, I had set up on my prayer center, a circle of battery operated tea light candles (I […]

End-of-the Year Reflection

This evening is our end-of-the-year catechist meeting. I was asked by our DRE, Arlene, to lead the other catechists in a reflective prayer (meditation). I will be using a meditation that I wrote a couple of years ago for this very blog. You’re welcome to use this for your own reflection or with a group of catechists. We often tell our learners to use their imaginations. Now it’s your turn. Use your imagination to reflect […]

Leading Guided Reflections (Meditations)

Catechists often ask me where they can get their hands on guided reflections (meditations) for children, especially after I have introduced them to one of the guided reflections included in the Finding God program that we use at the parish where I’m a catechist. If they are not using the Finding God program, they are wondering where they can get some guided reflections. Good news!  Loyola Press has now made a number of guided reflections […]