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Spiritual Practices



Explore a range of spiritual practices from the Catholic Christian tradition, including: the examen, praying with images, hospitality, retreats, and more.  For each practice learn not only "how" to do it, but "why" we practice it, and how it contributes to a way of life.  This course provides guided discussion around the C21 Resources issue, "Catholic Spirituality in Practice," edited by Dr. Colleen Griffith, including contributions found in AmericaReligion East & West, and Weavings.

“Whoever has not begun the practice of prayer-
There is nothing here to fear but only something to desire.” 

- St. Teresa of Avila


Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.


Introductory Week

Week 1: Spirituality in Practice, Part 1:

    * The Ignatian Examen
    * Intercessory Prayer
    * Praying with Images
    * Living the Sacramental Principle
    * Eucharistic Adoration
    * Practicing Hospitality

Week 2: Spirituality in Practice, Part 2:

    * Liturgy of the Hours
    * Rosary
    * Family Life as Spiritual Practice
    * Practicing Forgiveness
    * Centering Prayer
    * Retreats

Special Features

This course includes:

  • Reading 12 brief one- or two-page articles by various authors;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion;
  • A weekly introduction and study guide; and
  • A regularly updated Resources page to use for further study.

All STM Online: Crossroads courses include these features:

  • Participants have access 24 hours/7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site. 
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • The course site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course has ended.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Additional Materials Needed

Everything you need for this course is provided on the course web site.  View this issue of C21 Resources, "Catholic Spirituality in Practice."  If you prefer to have a hard copy of this issue of C21 Resources, email The Church in the 21st Century Center at

Time Commitment

A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.

Fee: $25

Content Scholar:
  The articles were written by various scholars, under the editorship of Dr. Colleen M. Griffith, associate professor of the practice of theology and faculty director of spirituality studies, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

The readings and the faith journeys of the other participants helped to reinforce my own personal faith. The entire online course has honestly motivated me to spend more time in centering prayer. I have also begun to read other resources to help me remain mindful and centered on God throughout the day. Thank you for offering this practical course.

~ Tom J.,
Spring 2012


Thank you for providing your on-line classes. I live in a rural area and seldom have an opportunity to take a class that supports my faith. This is a wonderful ministry. You have touched many people -- not only the participants, but also the people whose lives they touch!

~ Winnifred S.,
Spring 2011