Do you seek companionship in a practice of silence? Beginning Tuesday, September 3, you are welcome to join the Contemplative Prayer group in the quiet morning beauty for twenty minutes of silent, contemplative prayer, whenever your schedule allows and your heart desires. The Contemplative Prayer gatherings will be held Mondays through Fridays at 7:30am in the Oratory, located in Sherred 3A. The silence will conclude as the Chapel bells call the community to Morning Prayer. Later in September, other times of silence will be added to each weekday, especially to welcome commuters into the practice. Contemplative, silent prayer and meditation has a deep and rich history in Christianity from the Desert Fathers and Mothers of the early Church, to the anonymous 14th century work The Cloud of Unknowing, to more contemporary movements like the Contemplative Outreach Network. The Trappist monk Fr. Thomas Keating states that Contemplative prayer “is a process of interior transformation, a conversion initiated by God and leading, if we consent, to divine union.” Regardless of your Contemplative practice, perhaps Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, prayer beads, or meditation, please join in the transformative silence.
Each gathering of prayer will be opened by a member of the Seminary community. If you would like to participate in the schedule of leaders who "hold the silence" (new students and faculty may do so) or with interest or questions about the Contemplative Prayer group, please contact M. Div. Senior Anthony Puca.