Prayer Podcast

Introducing our 'Schools of Prayer' podcast series

26/02/2015 3:05 pm

St Francis of Assisi looks to heaven

Many of us lead busy lives but finding time for Christ in prayer offers us the nourishment we need to be at peace on our spiritual journey.

Monks, nuns and priests in Catholic religious communities often have deeply prayerful lives that bring them closer to the Lord.

So what can we learn from those with a devotion to great saints like St Thérèse of Lisieux, St Dominic, St Benedict, St Francis of Assisi, St Clare, St Bernard and St Ignatius?

What do each of these 'teachers' offer us as a tool for prayer and how does their prayer begin to shape ours?

From the Dominicans to the Benedictines, the Carmelites to the Franciscans, this podcast series explores some of these wonderful 'Schools of Prayer'.

Each contributor belongs to a particular family of prayer - for example, we ask a Benedictine to talk about prayer at the school of St Benedict - and ask what their particular founder offers us, as Christians, in our life of prayer.

If prayer is about deepening our relationship with the person of Jesus, how then do we draw on that particular witness and example?

How can we learn more about what prayer can be and apply something of their vision of Christian discipleship to our way of life and desire to love Christ?


Schools of Prayer is introduced by Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ - a sister of the Congregation of Jesus. Listen by using the player to the right of this article.

You can download the audio using the link below:

Introducing Schools of Prayer 5.21 MB

Duration: 7m 7s


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Our web section for Schools of Prayer.

Sr Gemma's profile on the official website for the Jesuits in Britain.
This podcast series is a joint Bishops' Conference and Clifton Diocese production.