“Dear brothers and sisters, our Christian communities must become genuine 'schools' of prayer, where the meeting with Christ is expressed not just in imploring help but also in thanksgiving, praise, adoration, contemplation, listening and ardent devotion, until the heart truly 'falls in love.' Intense prayer, yes, but it does not distract us from our commitment to history: by opening our heart to the love of God it also opens it to the love of our brothers and sisters, and makes us capable of shaping history according to God’s plan.”
—Pope St. John Paul II, "Novo Millennio Ineunte," 33
This course is an introduction to the “school of prayer.” After a consideration of prayer of the Son of God, we will explore the different dimensions of the encounter with God in prayer through the lives and writings of the saints. Three online classes will serve as preparation for the five-day retreat at the Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard, New York. During the retreat, students will be invited to the experience of prayer within a monastic environment that fosters silence, presence, stillness, and spaciousness.