The 2014-2015 Waterloo Catholic District School Board Lecture
Stay Awake!: Remembering how central contemplation is to the life of the church and the world As paradigms change in the institutions of society it is vital to remember how central contemplation is to the gospel and to the teaching of Jesus. Not only does this spiritually renew Christianity but it allows the Church to play its proper role in a world of rapid change. Laurence Freeman speaks to this topic as a Benedictine monk with long experience in developing a global contemplative community of faith and service to the needs of our time.
Laurence Freeman, OSB, is a monk of the Olivetan Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. In 1991, Fr. Laurence established the World Community for Christian Meditation that is now in more than 100 countries. He travels the world introducing meditation as a means of inner transformation and connection between peoples and religions. Fr. Laurence is the author of many books including Light Within, The Selfless Self, First Sight: The Experience of Faith, and Why are we here? In 2010 he was awarded the Order of Canada in recognition of his work for interfaith dialogue and the promotion of world peace.