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Contemplative Prayer: Abiding in the Here and Now

Saturday 22nd January, 10.00am - 3.00pm 

Contemplative prayer starts when we learn how to abide in the here and now, even just for a while. It is the ability, and the gift, to let ourselves, God, and the world appear to us afresh, originally, not through our fears, judgments, and expectations, but as they are. It grows deeper through the practice of mindfulness, the way we approach visual art, and listen to poetry. It leads us not to withdrawal and indifference but to struggle for justice; not to taking refuge in sacred spaces but to reaching out; not to spiritual elitism but to humble solidarity with the journey of every other human being on earth.

On our 33rd annual Day of Prayer, we are pleased to host Dr Gioia as he offers three reflections on Abiding in the Here and Now.

The reflections

  • Contemplative Prayer and Mindfulness: Fully present to God, Ourselves, and the World
  • Contemplative Prayer and Visual Art: On Interiors and Interiority in Vilhelm Hammershøi
  • Contemplative Prayer and Poetry: The Sweet Symphony of Paradise in Dante’s Divine Comedy


This video will not be available on demand, but a highlights video will be made available. 


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