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The Christian Life: Exploring Lay Spiritual Practices

  • The Franciscan School of Theology
12 Conferences (4 DVDs or 5 CDs) Including Electronic Study Guide

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Deepen your faith with this extraordinary retreat. Whether you are a layperson of faith or a clergy member, this inspiring series is for you. 

Although we sometimes think of holiness as belonging to the realms of the consecrated religious, clergy, and certain saints, being a lay Christian is just as powerful a vocation. And as Vatican II’s Lumen gentium reminded us, we are all called to be holy, no matter what our walk of life.

Now, in The Christian Life: Exploring Lay Spiritual Practices, you canapply time-tested Christian traditions to your own life. In doing so, you will intensify your experience of the sacred and gain deep insights into what it means to live as a lay Christian. Through 12 retreat conferences, you will look at traditional spiritual practices, the Rosary and other forms of prayer, pilgrimage, walking meditation, centering prayer, Lectio Divina, personal stewardship, saints, and crafting your own “Rule of Life.”

Bristling with insights and prayerfully taught by an award-winning teacher, these conferences will change the way you think about spirituality. You are sure to gain new insights into our spiritual tradition.

This is more than a retreat—it’s a way of life. You’ll find yourself returning to these conferences over and over for fresh ideas in order to continue deepening your spiritual life. Take the first steps of this spiritual journey today.

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Your Free Electronic Study Guide! When you order this course, we will send you a free electronic study guide that you can access in 3 convenient ways:

1) You can check your order confirmation email. It will include a link that enables you to download your guide.
2) The back of your program package also contains a copy of this link. You can access your guide by simply entering this URL into your browser.
3) Your case of CDs or DVDs will contain a copy of your electronic guide on CD. Simply insert this disc into your computer's CD/DVD drive to access your guide.

About Your Presenter

Prof. Darleen Pryds, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality and History at the Franciscan School of Theology, where she has taught since 2001. She earned her doctorate in Medieval Religious History from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and an M.A. in Medieval History from the University of Southern California. Previously, she served as Associate Director of the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies in Chicago from 1994–1996, and as Assistant Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Virginia Tech from 1996–2001.

Prof. Pryds is the author of the books Women of the Streets: Early Franciscan Women and Their Mendicant Vocation (Franciscan Institute, 2010) and The King Embodies the Word: Robert d’Anjou and the Politics of Preaching (Brill, 2000), as well as numerous articles on Franciscan history and the spirituality of death and dying. She has received a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy, a Research Fellowship at the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame, and a National Endowment for the Humanities research grant to research at the Vati...

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Topic Titles

  • Introduction: Sensuality of Prayer
  • The Monastic Model of Stability and Hospitality
  • The Mendicant Model of Itinerancy and Minimalism
  • Seeing and Touching: Using the Senses of Sight and Touch in Prayer
  • Cradle Catholics, Converts, and a Life of Ongoing Conversion
  • Pilgrimage: Sacred Travel, Holy Places, and Life’s Journey
  • Saints and Storytelling: Making the Faith Journey Memorable
  • Lectio Divina: Reading Deeply, Writing Deeply
  • Centering Prayer, the Practice of Listening, and the Daily Examen
  • Personal Stewardship: Caring for Our Time, Energy, and Money
  • Ars Moriendi: Reflecting and Being with Dying
  • Rule of Life: Creating a Spiritual Life that Works for You

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  1. The Christian Life: Exploring Lay Spiritual Practices Video Bundle: The Christian Life: Exploring Lay Spiritual Practices + Everyday Mysticism: Finding the Divine in Daily Life - 8 DVDs Total $99.95
  2. The Christian Life: Exploring Lay Spiritual Practices Audio Bundle: The Christian Life: Exploring Lay Spiritual Practices + Everyday Mysticism: Finding the Divine in Daily Life - 10 CDs Total $59.95

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