What my toddler daughter can teach us about contemplative prayer

She opens her heart and expects the heavens to shower graces like rain. Of course, they always do. How could God resist such sweetness? My daughter’s name is Celia, which means heavenly. She is truly a gift from God and a reminder of the gift that all children are. In the glory of her toddlerhood, […]

Deeper Life: How to cultivate the heart of a contemplative amidst the chaos of everyday life

In the silence of prayer, I am filled with a stillness that breathes within me. I am learning to rest in this calm without ceasing. Sometimes now, I can remain full of peace, while walking through the chaos that used to sink me. I am beginning to understand how I’m supposed to be in this […]

Spiritual Journey: Enter into the silence of prayer

Travel ever more deeply into the silence until it settles into your heart, into your thoughts, into your bones … like an unshakable peace, a place you can go … a strength capable of carrying you through storms, a story you can tell, a song you can sing, a love you can pour out into […]

Deeper Life: Realize God’s presence in the depths of your own heart

You can travel to distant galaxies and dip your toes in every ocean. You can catch all the fireflies in the universe with your bare hands and watch them rise into the distance, a marvelous display of light … You can soar through shimmering clouds into the sunrise over grand ranges of mountain majesty … […]

Unite in Prayer with Saint Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena was a fourth century mystic, activist, and author, who had a great influence on Italian literature and is one of the first women to be named a Doctor of the Catholic church. She is famous for saying “If you are who you should be, you will set the whole world on […]

So what exactly is contemplative prayer and how do we start a daily contemplative prayer practice? Contemplative Prayer Circle starts here …

Contemplative prayer is so simple I can explain it in a sentence: Find a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted, and spend some time in silence with God – That’s it.  Try it, and see what happens! Maybe you’ll experience a deep otherworldly sense of inner peace or have a life changing mystical encounter […]

God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly into the hearts of those who pray. St. Louis de Montfort

My journey into the heart of contemplative prayer, why I’m starting Contemplative Prayer Circle, and more importantly: What’s your prayer story? I want to hear all about it!

The first time I tried to meditate was a total and complete disaster – at least it felt like one to me. I loved everything about the candlelit prayer service I was attending, so I was surprised to discover that when we were invited to sit in prayerful silence, I was instantly confronted with something […]