contemplation

Lesson One in Prayer

"The Virgin at Prayer" (detail) by Sassoferrato

Let’s get very, very basic and very, very practical about prayer. The single most important piece of advice I know about prayer is also the simplest: Just do it! How to do it is less important than just doing it. Less-than-perfect prayer is infinitely better than no prayer; more perfect prayer is only finitely better than less perfect prayer. Nancy Reagan was criticized […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Teresa of Avila

"Saint Teresa of Ávila" (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens

“Although it is a great grace from God to practise self-examination, yet ‘too much is as bad as too little,’ as they say; believe me, by God’s help, we shall advance more by contemplating the Divinity than by keeping our eyes fixed on ourselves, poor creatures of earth that we are.” (St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church; Interior Castle, […]

A Boundless and Profound Beauty

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

It takes courage and perseverance to walk this journey, but it is filled with a peace the world cannot give and a boundless and profound beauty leading to eternal glory in Heaven. We were created to gaze upon endless, eternal beauty. All of us were born with an unrelenting,  deep thirst that will never be satisfied fully in this life. […]

A Boundless and Profound Beauty

It takes courage and perseverance to walk this journey, but it is filled with a peace the world cannot give and a boundless and profound beauty leading to eternal glory in Heaven. We were created to gaze upon endless, eternal beauty. All of us were born with an unrelenting, deep thirst that will never be satisfied fully in this life. […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Teresa of Avila

"Saint Teresa of Ávila" (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens

“Be sure that in proportion as you advance in fraternal charity, you are increasing in your love of God, for His Majesty bears so tender an affection for us that I cannot doubt He will repay our love for others by augmenting, in a thousand different ways, that which we bear for Him.” (St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church; Interior […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Teresa of Avila

"Saint Teresa of Ávila" (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens

“Although it is a great grace from God to practise self-examination, yet ‘too much is as bad as too little,’ as they say; believe me, by God’s help, we shall advance more by contemplating the Divinity than by keeping our eyes fixed on ourselves, poor creatures of earth that we are.” (St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church; Interior Castle, […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

“God speaks in the silence of the heart, and we listen. And then we speak to God from the fullness of our heart, and God listens. And this listening and this speaking is what prayer is meant to be…” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta) Print this entry

Is being “slain in the Spirit” the same as contemplative ecstasy?

"King David in Prayer (detail)" by Pieter de Grebber

Dear Dan, I have experienced what people call “resting in the spirit” or being “slain in the spirit.” It was amazing. The priest prayed for me and I fell to the floor as if I had passed out (no injuries as I was already praying on my knees facing the Altar). However, I was still aware of others around me […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Guigo the Carthusian Monk

"King David in Prayer (detail)" by Pieter de Grebber

“Seek in reading and you will find in meditating; knock in mental prayer and it will be opened to you by contemplation.” (Guigo the Carthusian, Scala Paradisi:PL 40,998; CCC 2654) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage you to […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

“God speaks in the silence of the heart, and we listen. And then we speak to God from the fullness of our heart, and God listens. And this listening and this speaking is what prayer is meant to be…” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and […]