This is an insightful and helpful article by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio on the need to escape from the media noise we are constantly faced with and find time for contemplative prayer. He gives eight practical tips, including a description of lectio divina, on how to achieve this in the middle of our typical hectic schedules.
Do you think this is achievable? Have you tried contemplative prayer before? What has worked and not worked for you? I encourage you to read this and share with us what you are doing to find quiet prayer time each day.
Contemplation for Busy People
By Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio
For many, the words “contemplative life” conjures up images of robed monks in choir stalls or veiled nuns behind metal grates. A chosen few of these sequestered people appear to be favored with revelations from on high. These we call mystics.
Since most of us are called to an active life, we assume that we are disqualified from contemplation. And to think we could be mystics would be simply an act of pride or worse, an indication that we might need psychiatric help. But if we look a bit deeper into the Catholic tradition, we see that contemplative, mystical prayer is actually a normal part of the Christian life to be experienced by everyone. Read more…