Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Monk Leads Young People in Meditation

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Monk Leads Young People in Meditation

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"There is nothing worse than to say on your deathbed, 'I've lived a meaningless life,'" a British monk told about 40 young people during a day of recollection.

"If life does not seem to have a meaning for you, then all forms of suffering would seem meaningless," Fr. Laurence Freeman, director of the London-based World Community for Christian Meditation, said at the Jan. 27 event. "Therefore, when life does produce suffering, we will not be able to handle it, and seek to escape from it through addictions."

The Benedictine monk of the Olivetan Congregation conducted the recollection titled "What Is My Purpose In Life?" at St. Patrick's School here. Most of those present, ages 17-35, were Catholics.

A youth meditation group that is part of the local chapter of the World Community for Christian Meditation organized the event. The group was established last year at the Church of the Holy Family.

During the recollection, Freeman explained how meditation can lead one to a greater sense of purpose. It "leads us into a journey of harmony with ourselves and with God," he elaborated.

Freeman then guided the group through a 15-minute meditation session. He invited participants to sit up straight, place their hands on their laps and close their eyes. He then asked them to focus on their breathing and mentally repeat a simple religious phrase.


Freeman recommended reciting "Maranatha," which means "Come, Lord" in Aramaic. …

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