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Praying for each other, in whatever way feels right to you, is the most important part of this community.

You may journal in any way you wish: in a notebook, using art, or by adding a thought, comment, or journal entry with the class. By sharing a journal entry publicly below, you offer encouragement and a chance to share your journey with others who are in this course as well. Feel free to prayerfully respond to an entry someone else has made as well.

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September 09, 2023 by Carole Crumley 5 Comments
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Daniel Yi
Daniel Yi
3 days ago

What has drawn you to this School of Contemplative Prayer experience? I’m seeking to enrich my contemplative prayer journey, aiming to cultivate a heart more receptive to God and the world around me in my everyday life.
What are you most hoping for in our time together? I aspire to learn, unlearn, and rediscover alongside everyone during our shared experience.

Karen Herbst-Kim
Karen Herbst-Kim
2 days ago

What has drawn you to this School of Contemplative Prayer experience?
The need to reconnect to God and my spirituality through contemplative practices.
What are you most hoping for in our time together?
Re-engagement with spiritual practices that were once more regular for me. Increased awareness of the movement of God’s Spirit throughout my life, my community, and the world. 

Pat Scanlon
Pat Scanlon
1 day ago

I miss the closeness I used to have with God and feel adrift since I no longer believe much of my Catholic faith. My hope is that this course will help me be faithful to a dedicated prayer time each day.

Adrienne Keller
Adrienne Keller
1 day ago

Malcolm Boyd, “I believe that God prays in us and through us…” immediately settled into my heart with an AHA moment.

For as long as I remember, I have been uncomfortable with petitionary prayer – especially those that ask God to spare you or a loved one from a common trial, like an illness or divorce. And uncomfortable with the idea that God always answers our prayers. And the later warning that sometimes the answer is no. And all of the pious thoughts that I was taught go with petitionary prayer – God sends the most trials to those He loves the most…

So it burst on me this morning, as I listened to Carole, that it is MY prayers that are answers to God’s continual prayers in and for me. That my truest self is a prayer of God. That even my regrets, even the parts of myself that I don’t like, are part of Her prayer.

I am a living breathing prayer of God.

I can’t quite put together coherent words yet to explain the comfort that gives me.

Sheila Betit
Sheila Betit
10 hours ago

I signed up for this experience to, hopefully, be more intentional with taking time each day for spending time in quiet. It’s definitely a process but I keep that as my focus and participating has made me more aware of the spirit in my life.

I am hoping in this time together to love more deeply; God, myself and others.


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