The Parish of Our Lady of Victories, Kensington - in collaboration with The World Community for Christian Meditation - will be holding a series of talks for Lent 2011 on the theme of Rediscovering Christian meditation.
The first talk, on Ash Wednesday, 9 March, will be given by Fr Laurence Freeman OSB, Benedictine monk and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation.
Parish Priest, Mgr Jim Curry said: “This series of talks meets a real need in people, to discover anew this ancient way of praying in the Church.”
The series of talks will start on Ash Wednesday and on the following four Wednesdays during the season of Lent. Mass will be celebrated at 7pm and the talks will follow afterwards.
9 March - (Ash Wednesday) Letting Go - Fr Laurence Freeman OSB
16 March - Christian Meditation, the world’s best kept secret - Stefan Reynolds
23 March - Going deeper into prayer - Kim Nataraja
30 March - Is meditation Christian - Kim Nataraja
6 April - Meditation: A human way of being - Stephan Reynolds
Founded in 1991, the World Community for Christian Meditation is now present in 114 countries.
* Fr Laurence Freeman is a Benedictine monk and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation. He is an international speaker and retreat leader. He has written many books – his most recent being Jesus: the Teacher Within and writes regularly for The Tablet. He is active in inter-religious dialogue and peace initiatives and is committed to the recovery of the contemplative dimension in the Church and society at large.
* Kim Nataraja is a long-term meditator and member of the WCCM. She is a Benedictine Oblate since 1998 and her service to the Community is co-ordinating 'The School of Meditation' internationally. She gives talks, leads workshops and retreats both in the UK and abroad. Her recent book is called “Dancing with Your Shadow”.
* Stefan Reynolds is an Oblate of The World Community for Christian Meditation. He works at Heythrop College in London and is currently finishing his PhD on 'Fourteenth Century English Mysticism'. He is a regular retreat giver. He has contributed to and edited various books on contemplative prayer.