RCIA Prayer Retreat

Just Be God’s: A Call to Continuing Conversion is a series of blog posts. You might want to start reading it from the beginning: Here.

October 26

This weekend we had our first RCIA day retreat on prayer. We practiced several types of prayer. We began with an introduction learning about a nice acronym of the types of prayers: A.C.T.S.

  • Adoration
  • Contrition
  • Thanksgiving
  • Supplication

Then we did some contemplative prayer. In this type of prayer, you read through a scripture passage (or anything really) several times, and enter into it imaginatively. The reading we had was the anointing of Jesus in Luke 7:36-50. I imagined throwing a party where I invited Jesus. I invited everyone, even my friends that I hoped wouldn’t show up. Well, of course, they show up, and who does Jesus spend all his time talking to? The most annoying person at the party—chatty, attention hog, annoying. I learned in this first imaginative contemplation: be better friends with everyone, not just the cool kids.

We took lunch, and then did a “Spiritual Life Map.” I have a big map, and I was not alone.

We did more contemplative type prayer—Lectio Divina. In this type of prayer, we read through a passage slowly, focusing on a word or two. Listening to what God is speaking to us in the passage. There are four movements in this type of prayer:

  1. Read the passage. No judgment. Not slow. Not fast. This is the primer. Pick a word or phrase that pops out at you.
  2. Read it again. Listen. What is God saying to you?
  3. Read it again. Respond. What do you want to say to God?
  4. Read it again. What are you feeling? What do you need to do?

Then we did some prayer where you focus on one word or phrase for a while. We sat and we walked and repeated the phrase over and over in our minds. I repeated, “Lord Jesus Christ Son of God.”

The retreat was fun, but now, I’m tired.


Author: Paige

Explorer. Healer. Eater. School counselor, teacher, party planner. Personal passions are holistic healthcare education, spirituality, food, and writing.

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