Father Laurence Freeman, OSB, a Benedictine monk and director of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM), will be visiting Southern California from England and offering two presentations on Christian meditation.

The first presentation, “Changing the World, Changing Yourself: Contemplation Today,” will be held May 24 at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 6220 E. Willow St., Long Beach. The second, “Learning the Gift of Contemplation from Children,” will be held May 25 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, 5011 White Oak Ave., Encino. A donation of $20 is suggested.

Father Freeman is an international speaker, retreat leader and adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He is also the author of several articles and books, including “Jesus: The Teacher Within,” “The Light Within and The Selfless Self,” and others.

A teacher of the Christian tradition of meditation, he promotes the meditation practices of St. Benedict from the sixth century, which were revived by Father John Main, OSB, in the 1970s. He teaches that through these daily periods of silence and contemplation, Christians are able to experience the “Kingdom of Heaven within.”

For more information about Father Freeman or the WCCM, please visit wccm.org

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