The Fathers of the Oratory have long desired to offer such a group for adults and young adults. In praying about this and discussing the matter with the Adoration Committee it became clear that the obvious path was to build upon the great blessing that God has bestowed upon us in recent years in drawing us close to His Sacred Heart and through being able in Adoration to gaze upon His Eucharistic face. This blessing has borne such fruit in our lives and the lives of those who come to the Oratory and when thinking about the group we wanted to establish something that would strengthen that devotion and lead others to a deeper intimacy with Christ. The group is called "The School of Christ" and expresses our desire to sit at the feet of the Master and listen attentively - our desire to choose the better part.
Therefore, each meeting will center on a topic that revolves around the Eucharist as the source and summit of our faith life and leads us back to it. The group will begin with a Eucharistic colloquy which is a conversation between Christ and the soul; meant to enflame our minds and hearts with love for Him. Thus prepared, we will together consider through familiar and informal discussion (in the spirit of St. Philip Neri) a brief meditation on our identity as Catholics as rooted in and strengthened by the Holy Eucharist. Given that we will be meeting on the first Saturday of each month, it also seemed appropriate that we should end the hour with a brief Eucharistic reflection on one of the mysteries of the Rosary and recite one decade together.
In and through this group, we hope that our time together will help to establish and strengthen a bond of friendship among all found through our shared love of Christ and His holy Church.
Yours in Christ and St. Philip Neri,