Almighty God, who has enriched your church with the singular learning and holiness of your servant Thomas Aquinas: Enlighten us more and more, we pray, by the disciplined thinking and teaching of Christian scholars, and deepen our devotion by the example of saintly lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The late Anglican clergyman and spiritual writer, Kenneth Leech recounts an Easter Christian story of a person who came to a monk and asked, ‚Äú’Father, what is prayer?’ The monk held out his hands and flames shot up from his fingers. ‘That is prayer,’ he said. He was a soul on fire, and when necessary he could manifest the fact.‚Äù For most of us, we will never experience prayer of that sort, but that does not prevent us from desiring to pray better and to pray deeper.
Please plan on attending one of the three remaining sessions of a four-session course on prayer which began on January 21. Fathers Turner and Spurlock are pleased to join Saint Thomas parishioner Brett Moore, and spiritual director Kari Kristina Reeves in teaching this course.
Tonight Father Spurlock takes our second session and will specifically focus on healing prayer.
- February 4: Father Turner will lead our third session, taking us further into the experience of prayer through a sensory experience of prayer.
- February 11: Kari Kristina Reeves will lead our final session, exploring and helping us experience the different kinds of prayer.
The classes are free and open to the public.
While not required, we are pleased to recommend a text for the course, Canyon Road: A Book of Prayer written by Kari Reeves. Hardback copies of Kari’s book will be available for sale at each session of the class for a cost of $40, and will also be made available for sale in our bookstore.