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Spiritual Practices

Aug 5 - Aug 25, 2020

$25 Enroll

Full course description

3-Week Course


This course provides guided discussion around the Spring 2009 issue of C21 Resources, a publication of Boston College's Church in the 21st Century Center. This issue, entitled “Catholic Spirituality in Practice,” edited by Dr. Colleen Griffith, contains over 20 short, informative articles centered on various spiritual practices including the examen, praying with images, hospitality, and retreats, which are mostly reprinted from a variety of journals such as America, Religion East & West, and Weavings.

Everything you need for this course is provided on the course web site.


  • 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 3-4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.

Content Scholars

  • 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.

If you're not sure how to register for this online course, check out this video demonstration of a first-time registration.

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