Should Catholics Join Prayer Groups?

A reader recently emailed the following message …

“Prayer groups to me suggest emotionalism, swaying, chanting, charismatic-type activities and I want none of it – but I am struggling to explain why I Padre Pioam instinctively against them.  I am not aware of any Church Teaching in this area, apart from Group Prayer in the form of the Mass, being the most powerful of prayers. Could you bear this in mind as a possible topic for some time in the future?  “The dangers of emotionalism, fired up in prayer groups”. 

I have to admit that I’m with our reader on this – prayer groups do not appeal to me, at all.  It always surprises me that Padre Pio was apparently staunch advocate of such groups.  Click  here to read more on the topic of Padre Pio prayer groups. Then share your thoughts.