I was delighted that we had a very good turnout for our third and final talk from the Friars of the Renewal this evening. The parish hall was almost full with parents from our First Holy Communion group and other parishioners. Once again I was very pleased to see many of the young people from our Confirmation programme.
Fr Raphaël gave an excellent talk on 'Prayer'.
He spoke about Judaeo-Christian prayer and quoted examples from the Gospels of Jesus' own prayer to his Father; mentioning the way that we look back in memory when we pray in thanksgiving and also look forward in supplication in our prayers for the future.
In the second half of his talk, Fr Raphaël spoke at some length about five methods of prayer that we might use ourselves:
Praying the Rosary
The Jesus Prayer
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
One of the questions at the end of the evening referred to the distractions that beset us all at some time or another when we are trying to prayer.
Fr Raphaël reminded us that even the some of the great saints like St Thérèse of Lisieux were plagued by distractions and suggested that we try and turn those distractions into prayer.
Although this was the last talk in the series, we look forward to welcoming the Friars back to St Ann's some time next year when we hope they will visit us again.