Beginning Contemplative Prayer: Out of Chaos, Into Quiet

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Contemplative prayer has been an integral part of the spiritual lives of holy men and women throughout church history. In contemplation, God draws the believer into life-transforming communion with him. While we cannot "force" God to draw us to him, there are certain steps we can take to prepare ourselves to be open to the graces God has for us.

In Beginning Contemplative Prayer, Sister Kathryn Hermes introduces us to the rhythm of contemplation: introduction, engagement, ...

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Overview

Contemplative prayer has been an integral part of the spiritual lives of holy men and women throughout church history. In contemplation, God draws the believer into life-transforming communion with him. While we cannot "force" God to draw us to him, there are certain steps we can take to prepare ourselves to be open to the graces God has for us.

In Beginning Contemplative Prayer, Sister Kathryn Hermes introduces us to the rhythm of contemplation: introduction, engagement, commitment, perseverance, and transformation. Exercises drawn from the writings and teachings of spiritual giants such as Ignatius of Loyola and Brother Lawrence, and from spiritual texts such as The Cloud of Unknowing, will guide you in your first tentative prayerful steps into deeper, stronger faith.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781569552698
  • Publisher: Saint Anthony Messenger Press & Franciscan Communications
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 11
Part I. Encounter: The Rhythm Begins 15
1. Cultivate Stillness and Silence 17
2. Live Gently on the Earth 23
3. Invite God to Come Near 29
4. Prepare to Ascend the Heights 37
Part II. Engagement: The Practice of Prayer 41
5. Remain in God's Presence: Lessons From the Life of Brother Lawrence 45
6. Let the Spirit Direct You: Lessons From the Life of St. Ignatius of Loyola 51
7. Experience the Longing to Touch God: Lessons From Lectio Divina 61
8. Simply Love: Lessons From The Cloud of Unknowing 71
9. Called to the Feast: Lessons From the Life of Venerable James Alberione 79
10. Wrapped in the Heart of God: Lessons From the Life of Simone Weil 89
11. The Courtesy of God: Lessons From the Life of Blessed Julian of Norwich 95
Part III. Commitment: The Total Gift 103
12. Commit to Living Freely 105
13. Commit to Reconciliation 109
14. Commit to Carrying Christ's Cross 115
15. Commit in the Dark Nights 121
Part IV. Perseverance: Prelude to Transformation 129
16. Keep Walking 133
17. Practice a Life of Prayer 137
18. Obtain Spiritual Direction 141
19. Tell What You Have Seen 149
Bibliography 153
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