Evening Prayer Groups & Retreats
World Community for Christian Meditation
Under the wing of The World Community for Christian Meditation (www.wccm.org) a group convenes on Monday evenings up to meditate in the Christian tradition as rediscovered and revived by John Main OSB (1926-1982).
The essence of Christian meditation is stillness, silence and simplicity. Meditation is about Being with God (attentional prayer) rather than talking to God (intentional prayer, or the prayer of the mind) or reflecting about Him. ─ Simplicity means letting go of all self-analysis and self-reflection during the time of meditation. Interior silence means letting go of all thoughts, ideas and images. Stillness means letting go of desire. In Christian meditation we make the journey from the mind to the heart, we slowly return to our true selves and in doing so find both peace and joy in God.
You are welcome to join us on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the crypt of the Chapel. Please come about 5 minutes early if you can, because we need to lock the front door around 7 p.m. before we start. The meditation evenings will take about an hour, including 25 minutes of meditation proper and refreshments and fellowship afterwards if participants so wish.
When: Mondays, 19:00
Where: The Crypt
Contact: Frits Smulders, firstname.lastname@example.org
(evenings may occasionally be cancelled at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances).
Ignatian Meditation Group (Imaginative Prayer)
This way of praying was developed more than 500 years ago by the founder of the Jesuit Order, St Ignatius of Loyola and used in his famous Spiritual Exercises.
Ignatius was convinced that God can speak to us as surely through our imagination as through our thoughts and memories. So we accompany Jesus through his life by imagining scenes from the Gospel stories. Let the events of Jesus’ life be present to you right now. Visualize the event as if you were making a movie. Pay attention to the details: sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and feelings of the event. Lose yourself in the story; don’t worry if your imagination is running too wild. At some point, place yourself in the scene.
Through the act of such a prayer, the Holy Spirit makes present a mystery of Jesus’ life in a way that is meaningful for you now. Using your imagination you dig deeper into the story so that God may communicate with you in a personal, evocative way.
When: Fridays, 18:00
Where: the Chapel or the Crypt
Contact: Wojciech Werner sj, email@example.com
Some weekend retreats or the retreat “in the daily life” (during our daily activities in the week) are proposed, so that you may to discern more clearly the presence of God who reveals himself in our lives.
Where: In the Chapel for Europe or in some Spiritual Centers in Belgium
When: See our monthly agendas