"Prayer is a human response to God...it is not an achievement, it is a gift."
The Priestly Formation Program at Hellenic College closed the fall program with a retreat at St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center, Contoocook, NH. Designed around the theme "Spirituality 101," Fr. Peter Chamberas led students to engage areas basic to the Christian calling: scripture, prayer, and spiritual struggle.
Pointing out there is no "Spirituality 201," Fr. Peter emphasized that our approach to God is not academic but relational, and that we are always at a point of spiritual "crisis;" will we choose God or not? He noted that the gift of choice is among God's greatest to us, and encouraged seminarians to begin anew, in all respects saying "AMEN!" to God.
These reflections took place within the context of community, both liturgically and practically. Students led the chanting of Orthros for Sts. Kosmas and Damian, bonded over the sharing of their unique spiritual journeys through a "Fireside Chat," and sat together silently in the Chapel, reciting the Jesus Prayer.
In addition, seminary graduates led discussion groups to digest more fully the feast of material that Fr. Peter offered. Plans are already underway in preparation for Spring 2009.