Silence and Meditation
“Silence is the environmental condition most conducive to (prayer) and contemplation, to listening to God and to meditation. The very fact of enjoying silence and letting ourselves be “filled”, so to speak, with silence, disposes us to prayer.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI August 2011
Mike and Dana DeBoer have been married for 17 years. They are active in our Marriage ministries; Marriage in Christ and DateNight and on the Community Life Team. Mike is a software testing manager and recently joined the Knights of Columbus and Dana home schools their 5 children and co-leads the Home Education Ministry at St. Paul’s.
Register for the Follow-up Book Study: The Q & A Guide to Mental Prayer – Monday’s March 2nd-30th 7-8:30pm Rm 107
What’s the difference between vocal prayer and mental prayer? Is contemplation for all or only a few? What is the dark night of the soul? Should you know what spiritual stage you are in? Do lay people need spiritual directors? Find answers to 125 common questions on prayer from a Catholic perspective. With Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Francis de Sales, and Church documents as a background, best-selling author Connie Rossini gives clear and concrete responses. This book will encourage you in times of dryness, inspire you to greater heights, and deepen your knowledge of true Catholic spirituality. You’ll learn about problematic prayer practices, how to overcome distractions, and how to begin to meditate on Scripture.Connie Rossini has been studying and practicing Carmelite spirituality for nearly 30 years. The questions in this book come from the 11,000 members of her Facebook group Authentic Contemplative Prayer, as well as the many people who contact her privately through her blog, social media, or at conferences. She is known for both her orthodoxy and her ability to make difficult concepts understandable for the average person. Whatever stage of prayer you are at, you will likely learn something new from reading The Q & A Guide to Mental Prayer.
Books / Formed.org: The Power of Silence – Cardinal Robert Sarah
The Soul’s Upward Yearning – Fr. Robert Spitzer
The Q & A Guide to Mental Prayer – Connie Rossini
Videos / Formed.org: The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
No Greater Love – a unique portrait of Carmelite nuns
Lectio: Prayer – Tim Gray