The Role of Prayer (Christian Meditiation (listening to God, mindfulness…
The Role of Prayer
Formal & Liturgical Prayer
morning and evening prayers in school
St. Thomas Aquinas 'the most perfect prayer'
the language and vocabulary of faith
freedom of not having to think
having a chat
company - I am not alone
simple prayer (Foster, ch 1)
a form of counselling
speaking the truth of who we are
a transformation of the spirit
listening to God
mindfulness as preparation
gaze at icon/image
thinking about a story
use a mantra
enables children to participate meaningfully (curriculum)
Mass and Liturgy
community based - the collective
'God's love takes care of everything I do'
'rest in His tremendous love'
'our lives are usually too full of noise'
the mundanity of prayer
the absence of prayer is 'evidence of a merely theoretical framework of faith'
Sanctifying the Imagination (Foster)
Jesus and parables
bring emotions into the equation
allowing us to feel the scriptures