What is Contemplative Prayer?

Divine Union

Divine Union

 

Blessed are You, Lord God of all creation
You manifest Yourself when we are silent

Contemplative Prayer is the normal development of the grace of baptism and the regular practice of Lectio Divina.  We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words.  But this is only one expression.  Contemplative Prayer is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions.  We open our awareness to God whom we know by faith is within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than choosing – closer than consciousness itself.  Contemplative Prayer is a process of interior purification leading, if we consent, to divine union.  Centering Prayer is the method used to grow in the practice of Contemplative Prayer.

                                            “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus … emptied … humbled … obedient …”

Philippians 2:5, 7-8