Daylesford Abbey, Paoli, is hosting “Contemplative Prayer: A Book Study” on seven Wednesdays this fall, Sept. 15 through Oct. 27, 10-11:45 a.m.

Contemplative prayer can be described as “entering into the flow of God’s grace.” Norbertine Abbot Emeritus Ron Rossi leads the book study program, diving into the practice of contemplative prayer and its importance in our spiritual lives.

The study will focus on “Contemplating Christ: The Gospels and the Interior Life” by Vincent Pizzuto. Participants are asked to purchase the book and to read appropriate chapters in preparation for the sessions.


“The purpose of this book … is threefold. First, to explore central themes of the contemplative life for modern Christians through the lens of New Testament readings — most especially the gospels. Second, to reflect on what is unique to Christian mysticism, particularly as this comes to expression in the interrelated doctrines of incarnation and divinization. Third, to offer a variety of ways in which these aspects of the contemplative life might become actualized, or more so “embodied” in each of us through contemplative practice.”

The suggested offering is $60 per person for all seven sessions.

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