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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Pilot Project for Christian Meditation

Toronto Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce a pilot project for Christian Meditation. This initiative will involve 20 classes from 7 schools across the city. Participating classes will be taught Christian meditation by their classroom teachers who have been trained in the process of teaching this form and expression of prayer.
Christian meditation focuses on God. When we meditate we move from mental prayer (prayer of the mind) to a deeper level, the heart (the prayer of the heart.) It is an acknowledgement that the Spirit dwells within us and that we need to be quiet and still to listen to the Spirit. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that meditation is “a prayerful quest engaging thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. Its goal is to make our own in faith the subject considered, by confronting it with the reality of our own life.” (CCC 2723)
Prayer has three major expressions found in Sacred Scripture and Tradition: vocal meditative, and contemplative. Meditative prayer is one of the expectations for grades 1-8 in the new Elementary Religious Education Policy Document, approved by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario.
A team of teachers was inserviced in January in preparation for this new initiative.