Lenten Series: “Learning to Pray” from Father James Martin
Wednesdays in Lent at 7:30 pm
February 24, Mar 3, 10 & 17
Let’s be honest. We talk a lot about prayer. So much so that, if you lack any confidence in your ability to pray you might be intimidated. Others talk about their prayer life as a rich conversation with God and a transformative part of their day. Some of us can barely remember to pray a “Thank You” to God at the start of a meal, or the end of the day.
There are lots of reasons to think either that we have mastered prayer without much effort, or that we don’t know how to pray. Either way can be an obstacle to learning to pray.
Father James Martin is a good author and spiritual guide. At his best, he breaks down difficult practices into manageable efforts and makes the unintelligible intelligible. At his worst, his jokes are sometimes corny. But, he is seldom boring and often inspiring.
If you want to learn to pray together, then join us on Wednesdays as we journeying through his new book “Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone.”
Of his book Amazon writes:
“Learning to Pray explains what prayer is, what to expect from praying, how to do it, and how it can transform us when we make it a regular practice in our lives. A trusted guide walking beside us as we navigate our unique spiritual paths, Martin lays out the different styles and traditions of prayer throughout Christian history and invites us to experiment and discover which works best to feed our soul and build intimacy with our creator.”
So, grab a copy from your favorite bookstore, online retailer or library - or listen to the audiobook read by the author. You can’t go wrong. You may even go right.
Each week we will read 3 chapters of Fr. Martin's book for discussion. For this week, February 24, please read chapters 4-6.