Unity Starts Within. Cultivate a deeper prayer life as a path to world peace.

When I carry the wild griefof this world like a bag of bonesin my heart tangled with fear, outrage kicking and shriekingthe whole way –into in the silence of prayer,I am healed. Miraculous calmfills me instead. Love gradually begins to overflow out of my heart back into the world that broke me, and I believe […]

Contemplative prayer is the solution to all the problems we’re seeing in the world right now

Will youopen the floodgateinto eternity,into the vast realm beyond? Will you allowthe infinite supplyof Divine Loveto flowfreelyinto your heartand through? That’s all it wants to do. Imagine this:Pure Majestywaiting patientlyjust beyond the horizon like a sun hoping to rise …you may not live to see. But will you acknowledgethis great resourceof the heavensgrand,miraculous,so far beyondour […]

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 […]

Deeper Life: Finding peace in turbulent times

When the earth shakes and the darkness swirls around you … When the wind howls threats and your whole world starts to shiver… When you’re dizzy with grief and fear and horror … You can always find your way back into the center. There is always still peace in the eye of the storm. Sometimes, […]

Spiritual Journey: When you are isolated from your community

There is no such thing as alone – not when you believe in angels and Jesus and the living, breathing Spirit of God that is palpably present with you in every moment. You are never alone when you have faith and countless saints, who are cheering for you from the sidelines of your life. It’s […]

Just a Reminder: You don’t have to be God

I think it’s a relief to know who we are and aren’t … to realize there’s only one Light, one Bright and Shining Glory so high above our ways … the best we can do is look up in awe and allow our jaws to drop … to fall to our knees and invite our […]

Deeper Life: Choosing to grow spiritually through times of grief

When sorrow barges through the door of my heart like an unwelcome guest, I have learned to take a deep breath and welcome her as the clumsy cleaning crew she is, here only to sweep out cobwebs and dust, to freshen up the arrangement of furniture and clear out the superficial things I don’t need (or […]

Unite in Prayer with St. Gertrude the Great’s Prayer for Souls

In the Catholic tradition, it is considered a Spiritual Work of Mercy to Pray for the Living and the Dead. Jesus promised Saint Gertrude the Great that 1,000 souls would be freed from purgatory and sent into heaven every time this prayer is said with genuine affect: Eternal Father, I offer You the most Precious […]

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 […]