Office of Evangelization

Diocese of Cleveland


By: Renew International

Material Overview 

Longing for the Holy is a resource for small groups who want to strengthen their daily relationship with God through gentle spiritual guidance.


About the Program

Longing for the Holy is for those who want to enrich their sense of the presence of God. Based on the gentle spiritual guidance and practical wisdom of best-selling author, Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, it concerns the way we channel the deep longing at the core of our beings.

Designed for either a small group faith-sharing experience or personal reflection, participants explore the implications of the central mysteries of faith– the Incarnation, the Eucharist, and the Paschal Mystery — for spirituality. Attending to the cultural challenges that keep us from realizing our true desire, it considers the important themes of church community, justice, sexuality, the practices of the spiritual life, and being a mystic of the everyday.

By using Longing for the Holy as a spiritual renewal resource for your parish or small group, participants will:

  • Consider how to actively and knowingly live in the presence of God and respond to the needs of God’s people
  • Explore different dimensions of contemporary spiritual life brought to life through the lives of saints and contemporary people of faith
  • Reflect on the cultural challenges that keep up from realizing our true desire — our longing for the holy



  • Sharing
  • Sharing the Good News
  • Lifting Our Hearts…
    • In Song
    • In the Quiet
    • In the Word
    • In Prayer
  • Our Companion on the Journey
  • Encountering Wisdom for Life
  • Sharing Our Faith
  • Living the Good News
  • Closing Prayer
  • Looking Ahead
  • Informal Gathering



  1. Spirituality
  2. The Challenge of Our Culture
  3. Spirituality in a Christian Context: Love of God and Neighbor
  4. Spirituality in a Christian Context: A Heart for God and Each Other
  5. Incarnation
  6. The Paschal Mystery
  7. In My House There are Many Rooms
  8. Eucharist
  9. Walk Justly
  10. Loving Well
  11. Living the Life
  12. Being a Mystic in Everyday Life



Downloadable Resources available through RENEW International


Included Resources

  • 10 Participant Books
  • Leading Prayer in Small Groups
  • Sowing Seeds
  • Gleanings Prayer journal
  • CDs with music and audio reflections



English and Spanish Available



RENEW Webinar Available



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