Christian Meditation

Rooted in Christian tradition from earliest times, Christian meditation is a form of prayer rediscovered in recent years by John Main, a Benedictine monk, and renewed through his teachings. It is a way of simplicity in which we quiet the mind and become still and attentive to God. It is a prayer of silence which takes us beyond words, thoughts and images to experience the presence of Christ within us. We say a mantra.

 

Time commitment:

It is recommended that we meditate twice daily – morning and evening – for 25-30 minutes. We can meditate alone or with others.

St. Joseph’s Parish offers three periods of meditation at the church each week:

  • Monday morning at 9:30 am
  • Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday evening at 7:30 pm

Everyone is welcome. Each meditation session consists of a 15-20-minute recorded teaching by John Main or Fr. Laurence Freeman, followed by a 25-minute period of meditation. There is time for questions, comments, and a closing prayer.

 

Skills/Qualities:

Willingness to gather with others to pray in stillness and silence

 

Training:

No special training. Learn as you go.

Orientation is offered at each session, as required. There are written materials available.

Contacts:

Monday morning: George Martin and Rosemarie Morris 613-730-0108 morris-martin@rogers.com

Wednesday afternoon: Chaplain Rick Gariepy 613 265 1652

Friday evening: Elizabeth Smith bboris59@gmail.com