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

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

“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

“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 […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

“We too are called to withdraw at certain intervals into deeper silence and aloneness with God… to be alone with Him — not with our books, thoughts, and memories but completely stripped of everything — to dwell lovingly in His presence, silent, empty, expectant, and motionless. We cannot find God in noise or agitation.” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, In the Heart […]

Contemplation for the Christmas Season

by Sister Timothy Marie, OCD Sometimes the early morning sky, just before the light of the new day dawns, is so still and quiet that I think I am at the threshold of heaven. The atmosphere itself is permeated in a prayerful stillness. The beauty of these moments absorbs my total being and resonates within my soul. Prayer is easy […]

Ask a Carmelite: What is the Goal of Carmel?

Dear Sister Mary Colombiere, I know that all Catholic spiritualities are centered on Christ and the Gospel.  But what is the ultimate goal of Carmelite Spirituality? Dear Friend, Life is a journey through time and every journey has a beginning and an end. The goal of every journey is to reach the end having fulfilled the purpose of the journey. […]

Ask a Carmelite: Meditation and Contemplation… What’s the Difference?

Dear Sister Mary Colombiere, I have heard of meditation and contemplation and sometimes the words seem to be interchangable. Is there a difference between the two? Dear Friend, Let us begin by saying that the basic difference between meditation and contemplation is that meditation is a human mode of prayer whereas contemplation is divinely infused prayer. In her autobiography, St. […]

Reflections on My Golden Jubilee

My Golden Jubilee by Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. “When I see the sisters, with their years of toil etched into their faces, I can’t help but wonder the stories hidden behind each veil, each habit, each expressive face. Where did these sisters come from? Where were they born? Why did they enter the convent? And what made them stay? I […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church

St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church

“The saints are like the stars. In his providence Christ conceals them in a hidden place that they may not shine before others when they might wish to do so. Yet they are always ready to exchange the quiet of contemplation for the works of mercy as soon as they perceive in their heart the invitation of Christ.” (St. Anthony […]

What You Need to Know about Contemplative Prayer

St. John of the Cross

Ask a Carmelite Sister Dear Sister, I understand what it means to pray using vocal prayers, that is, praying aloud either alone or with others. I also understand, I think, about meditation. Meditation is thinking about, reflecting upon, and applying some biblical or other spiritual thought to my own life. But… contemplation? I don’t have a clue. I guess it’s […]