The Mystical Body of Christ

“Reading Meetings”

 

 

“Where two or three are gathered together in my Name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt. 18:20)  One way for Christians to gather together that can be spiritually uplifting and fulfilling is by having “Reading Meetings.”  Here, they read and discuss a particular spiritual book for the sake of growing closer to God in wisdom and love.  No need to read the book beforehand, unless one wants to, for the purpose of the Reading Meeting is to have someone read the spiritual work out loud, while anyone can jump in and share their thoughts about it at any time by raising their hand or otherwise indicating.  If desired, but not required, different people can take turns reading.  The Holy Spirit will descend upon you who gather in the Name of Christ for the purpose of growing in the spiritual life.  You could begin with— Uniformity with God’s Will by St. Alphonsus de Liguori—and move on to— Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales—or any other writing that helps you to grow in the love of Christ.  Peace be with you.   —Orison de Corde

 

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