On July 15, about 30 young adults in college and in their 20s and 30s gathered at for South Side Theology on Tap's first in a four-week series of talks on faith and life of the young Catholic. After enjoying homemade barbecue and cold beer, Sister Marybeth Martin gave a talk entitled "Prayer: Conscious Contact with a God Who Seems Silent." Sr. Martin holds a BS in special education, a master's in pastoral studies and two certificates in spiritual direction. She is a spiritual companion and retreat leader for young adults in the Chicago area and a member of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.
Sr. Martin discussed the age-old challenge of listening to God. Today, listening to God becomes more difficult: In a connected world, people often find little time for reflection and quiet. At the end of her talk, Sr. Martin asked those in attendance how they find time for quiet and prayer. She also offered some of her favorite ways of praying and challenged everyone there to more actively listen to God.