"How can we, as baptized lay Christians, support each other in our lives in prayer ? There are any of a number of ways that we can do this -- reading, study, being in spiritual direction. I want to focus on a way that several groups of men, including a group of which I am a member, have found helpful. For want of a better term, these groups engage in spiritual companionship. Although members may speak of their prayer lives, they are not prayer groups, in that little of the the time together is spent in prayer. They are not encounter groups or T-groups ... They are not discussion groups ... They are groups of men who have decided that their prayer lives were unsatisfactory, troubling, stale, or non-existent and wanted that to change. They found that by getting together and talking about the places they were stuck they were always comforted, and sometimes helped. An ongoing dialogue, with a relatively fixed, small group of people, allowed them to develop the grammar and vocabulary for an area of their lives of which they often did not speak" (p. 3).
Contents: Prayer -- Gender -- Gathering -- Ground rules and structure -- Silence -- Departure and Dismissal.