Sometimes you just need to pray the words of others. Sometimes you don’t have words of your own to pray, because yes, you are that worn down and beat up by life. So here’s a short prayer by John Wesley….print it out and stick it with your prayer stuff….try it out sometime. I am no […]
You are not dead yet, it’s not too late to open your depths by plunging into them and drink in the life that reveals itself quietly there -Rainer Maria Rilke from Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy
My time of prayer is finished trailing its ashes like an incense stick burned to the end. Quiet my mind before it passes judgement on this prayer, my gift of time to you. How can I judge its worth this struggle to still my mind in you, my efforts to feel your presence in my […]
This weekend I’ve been deeply, deeply touched by this simple poem of Rainer Maria Rilke, having read it at least a dozen times. May it touch you as well. God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night. These are the words we dimly hear: […]
Here’s my favorite idea when it comes to taking a few moments to remind myself just how amazing our God really is. Feel free to share it with friends either through social media or on a laptop with a small group of praying friends. Enjoy! You can find other Video Prayer Tips at this link.
Fascinating quote from one of my favorite books that I’ve recently reread. It deals with the process of finding, returning and remaining in that “sweet spot” of contemplative communion. from A Testament of Devotion by Quaker Theologian/Mystic Thomas R. Kelly p. 43 (the Light Within) “There is no new technique for entrance upon this stage where […]
One of the most important paradigm shifts in my concept of prayer came when I met Cynthia Bourgeault several years ago in Paris. Her teaching on contemplative prayer was like a missing puzzle piece that I had finally found. The notion of silent prayer has always been uncomfortable and frustrating to me. Take a little […]
“Contemplative prayer begins in love of God. It is, in fact, the engine that puts the entire enterprise into motion. Put simply, we receive his love for us and love him back in return. ‘The message of hope the contemplative offers you,’ writes Thomas Merton, ‘is not that you need to find your way through […]