Seeing God in all of creation. Silent listening. Discerning God’s will. Praying in community. Prayer comes in many forms, with each offering its own gift.
The Franciscan Spirituality Center will explore four developments in Christian spirituality — Franciscan, Benedictine, Ignatian and Centering Prayer — during its “Journey Toward Wholeness: Pilgrimage of Prayer” four-weekend retreat at 920 Market St.
The Journey program, in its 18th year at the center, offers people an opportunity to explore personal spiritual growth and renewal in a small ecumenical community, said Audrey Quanrud, FSC director.
“Our ‘stops’ on this pilgrimage will be at various moments in the history of Christian spirituality when new ways of growing in relationship to God were introduced and became part of the mosaic of Christian spiritual life,” she said.
“By experiencing some of the richness, patterns and variations in that mosaic, you may find prayer practices that help you in your own spiritual journey.”
The journey begins Oct. 10-12, when Quanrud presents “Franciscan Spirituality: The Joy of the Gospel.” Carol Rennie and Sam Rahberg will explore “Benedictine Spirituality: Prayer and Community” on Nov. 14-16. Catherine Michaud will discuss “Ignatian Spirituality: All Things for the Honor & Glory of God” on Jan. 16-18, and Marcia Bentley will present “Centering Prayer: Silent Listening” on March 20-22.
Besides different prayers, the four weekends will suggest the many different paths available in Christian spirituality. “People who say they tend to meet God in community or in their work might be attracted to Benedictine spirituality, and Franciscan spirituality will be attractive to people who see God in creation,” Quanrud said. “If you tend to meet God in your questions, you will find Ignatian spirituality exciting. And if you tend to meet God in your heart, the contemplative Centering Prayer will interest you.”
Quanrud added that people often find themselves drawn to different ways of relating to God as they go through life. “It’s a natural way to keep our relationship with God fresh and growing,” she said.
Participants commit to all four weekends, and applications are due Sept. 1. The brief application process is confidential and helps the presenters meet the goals of the participants, Quanrud said. Applications can be downloaded at www.FSCenter.org. Cost is $750, which includes bedroom, four weekend sessions and all meals, or $500 for commuters.
For more information, call 608-791-5295.