Welcome to the U.S. website of the World Community for Christian Meditation! Here you can find:
Local meditation groups, thoughout the US .
Basic information on meditation in the Christian tradition as recovered and passed on by John Main and Laurence Freeman.
News of events and retreats, our current newsletter, and links to our International Website.
The World Community for Christian Meditation, which is inclusive of all denominations, shares a commitment to the discipline of meditation inspired by the early Christian Desert Fathers and Mothers, and John Cassian in particular, which was taught and articulated by Fr. John Main, OSB (1926-1982). Today, his successor, Fr. Laurence Freeman, a Benedictine priest and Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, continues the teaching. It transforms our lives in its twice daily practice and creates a community that constitutes a monastery without walls.
“The all important aim in Christian Meditation is to allow God’s mysterious and silent presence within us to become more and more not only a reality, but the reality which gives meaning, shape and purpose to everything we do, to everything we are….”
John Main, OSB
A message from Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB:
Lucy was well named as a vehicle of light. Deeply rooted in her faith and the body of Christ she continued to grow and spread the light in new and courageous ways.
She was an exemplary oblate, meditator and disciple of Jesus.
Our oblate community far and near will hold her in its prayer and I will offer mass for her and those who grieve.
The love and care her family, friends, and community showed her in her last struggles testifies to the deep inspiration she excited and how contagious was her generosity and compassion.
We are blessed to have travelled with her
A Wonderful Retreat, and U.S. proud to host the International John Main Seminar in Houston TX, August 7 – 13!
Listen to the full audio presentation, “Praying with the Masters Today”, by the featured speaker, Dr. Bernard McGinn, here. Audio of Fr. Laurence Freeman’s pre- seminar retreat, “The Inner Room” is available here.
Meditation with Children
Adults who practice Christian Meditation are inspired to share our way of prayer with others, including and especially with the children in their lives. From Florida to California, in Chicago and Phoenix, Houston and Virginia, children are learning how to meditate in the Christian tradition.
- Many meditating adults are teachers at private and parochial schools.
- Some volunteer at non-profits that serve families.
- Others are in the healthcare field at hospitals and other medical facilities. Some therapists and counselors teach Christian meditation to children.
- Christian summer camps introduce meditation to young campers.
- Religious education catechists from pre-school to high school are sharing the gift.
These dedicated adults see the value of Christian meditation in their own lives. They learned the practice on a retreat, at a seminar, in a local Christian meditation group. As the generosity of the Spirit expands in their hearts, they are moved to help children discover and experience this same Love that dwells within all of us. Children are very open to Christian meditation. They hunger for the silence and for relationship with God.
Perhaps you are in a position to teach Christian meditation to children, youth, or young adults. If you are interested in promoting the spiritual growth and mental health of the young people in your life, consider how you might share the gift with them. For more information, please contact us at email@example.com.
See Meditation with Children.
School of Meditation
Been meditating for awhile in our tradition and want to gather with others in community to deepen your practice? Read why one meditator loves our Essential Teaching Weekends……and then check the schedule on our Events page for upcoming dates. For free materials with which to introduce meditation in your community, see the School of Meditation website, and click on Resources tab.
Curious about our oblate program?
Want to know more about our Monastery Without Walls? How does our Benedictine background inform our present multi-denominational sense of community? See our Oblates page….
In a 12 Step program?
and want to connect with others who are and who meditate? See resources at our Meditation and 11th Step Practice page. Read how Christian meditation as we practice it underpins our approach to the 11th Step in this article, published in the Meditatio series, Meditation and Mental Health