Friday, July 08, 2005

Stillpoint- a place of hospitality and prayer

A wonderful and peaceful sacred place that I frequent on Thursday afternoons is- Stillpoint. Stillpoint is an ecumenical "house of prayer" and retreat center run by Sister Kathleen Flood, a carmelite nun.

On Thursdays from 12pm-12:30 (or so) Sis. Kathleen holds midday prayer in the carmelite tradition. It is open to anyone, and usually there are about 5 or so us who show up.

There's nothing charismatic, or supernatural about the way we pray together- I can only sum it up by saying that it is peaceful, simple and beautiful.

We read the psalms together, we pray for one another and those we want to remember, we say ancient liturgy and simply hang out together and catch up with what's going on in life. Sometimes Sister Katleen has prepared her amazingly yummy soup, or sometimes we go over to the Alektor for lunch.

If you're in the area on a Thursday- you should definitely drop in and experience monastic hospitality in an urban setting.

"Prayer, in my opinion, is nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him whom we know loves us." - St Teresa

jonathon norman