Beginning Contemplative Prayer

Beginning Contemplative Prayer: Out of Chaos Into Quiet
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Sit down and be quiet: How to practice contemplative meditation

Be the first to ask a question about Beginning Contemplative Prayer. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sister Hermes covers all the current trends in prayer in this short book. This is not "Prayer for Dummies" but a reliable guide to the need for prayer and how to set aside time for prayer. Bishop Robert Baron in his book "Catholicism"has a chapter on prayer. This book is useful for those who want to build Bishop Baron's insights.

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But it is God who wants your heart, who wants to love in and through you. In this eight week course, we will walk together through the gradually deepening practice of prayer. Kathryn J. Be comfortable. Through a rhythm of quieting and stilling, Be alone. Slow down. Be aware.

Notice what is around you. Ob- can attune ourselves to the mystery within serve how you are feeling. Systematically us. The following exercise may help you focus your attention on each part of your to cultivate this habit of inner stillness.

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Readers will discover that beginning contemplative prayer is indeed possible. Five or ten minutes may be perfect for you. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:. The equivalence of the Latin and Greek terms [67] was noted by John Cassian , whose writings influenced the whole of Western monasticism, [68] in his Conferences. Andrew Louth said:. Start Your 8 Week Journey Here. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library.

Prepare yourself. Sit, kneel, ach, feet Tell each part of your body to For You or lie for awhile in a quiet, relax. Take four deep breaths.

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The great poets and mystics believed if we had a true spirit of leisure we would see the grass grow, and The Gift of Quietness touching the ground we would feel the beating of the heart of God. As our spir- It may be difficult for you to imagine spend- its cry out to God in our moments of sa- ing more than a few moments of silence in cred rest, ours is the promise of peace- your busy day. It can be a struggle even for filled living, even amidst daily annoy- a nun in a monastery!

The human spirit, ances. Without this deep connection with re- ality we die. Beginning Today Some people rise just a bit earlier in the 1. Schedule time to relax.

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Make morning to stake their claim for peace while For You a weekly appointment in the world is still asleep. I know one woman your calendar for a true lei- To Try who keeps her rosary and prayer books next sure break. During this to her favorite easy chair, her sanctuary in time, plan at least one thing which she finds the Lord each day. If taking that you really like to do, something that advantage of the morning quiet is not an relaxes you. Take a daily walk with the Lord.

Steal 2. Take some time just to do nothing. Doing away for a few moments at lunchtime or nothing is the art of letting life reveal it- take out a book during a morning coffee self to you, to have no plans, no labels, break to reconnect with God. To curiously observe. Live in the present. Take several deep breaths and, forgetting about the future versation with God. Talk familiarly to Jesus and the past, look around you. Where is during a long commute. Where is there need? Let the gift of each moment surprise you presence. Try lingering a few moments in the evening, after the rest of the house is with the little pleasures it brings.

Each of these moments of silent aware- ness that we lift up to God in quiet con- Giving ourselves these silent moments is crucial to the well-being of our souls. These templation gives us a fresh start. We seek to give our full attention to each mo- daily mini-retreats free us from the illusion ment, not only to these moments of si- that we have made ourselves, that we can accomplish anything alone.

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They daily re- lence, but to each task, to each person we encounter. Awareness creates interior si- mind us that we are loved and are utterly lence.

When we gently yet firmly remove dependent on our Creator. This is more, think more, and live more. Even though we strongly hold onto this negative defining Silence Leads to Intimacy reality of our life, we simultaneously fear finding out that it could really be true that Silence is not a goal in and of itself. Silence we are no good, that we are loveless and is an interior space in which we discover unlovable. Without love we die. Silence leads to worship.

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This is Around this central fear that we may be a profound word for me. It means submis- unlovable we build a buffer zone of pro- sion and adoration. It means that I am not tection to keep out any threat that would my own creator. It means everything is not, reveal what we fear to be true. As adults in the final sense, all about me. This distance we create port myself entirely.

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Our mental The Greek word for worship, proskyneo, can framework clouds and twists our image of mean, I come toward to kiss. When we pray, God until at times he is totally unrecog- and precisely when we worship, we come nizable…very different from the God we toward God to kiss and be kissed.

When encounter in the Scriptures. Sometimes we can come through and lay your foundations with sapphires. A prayer for healing: For You Isaiah 1. Imagine yourself in a beautiful To Try It was you who took me from the womb; place.