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The Many Paths of Prayer I

Lately, I have been spending time in Meditation as my prayer. There are times when meditation, a form of Contemplative prayer, can be very helpful. I find a word or phrase to focus on, sometimes simply, “Come, Lord Jesus,” or “Holy God.” I then enter into meditation for 20 or 30 minutes. I have never been able to stop the train of thoughts coming through my mind, but if I envision those thoughts being put on a barge and floating down the river, I can go back to my word or phrase, and stay focused on meditation.

This kind of prayer, also called Centering Prayer, is helpful to me when I don’t know what to pray, or when my heart is too full or too weary to express what I am feeling. I find myself calming down, as meditation lowers the blood pressure as one breathes deeply and rhythmically for this time. I suggest you try it. I use a meditation app on my phone that gives keeps the time of the meditation, and helps me stay focused. There are many such apps available, some that will teach one to meditate.

As I have been thinking of this change of prayer, I am aware of how many ways of prayer exist. In this newsletter, I will focus on one type of prayer each week. I hope it is helpful to you as you continue your walk with God.

This Week at St. Thomas

Thursday: I will be at Virginia Seminary tomorrow for training.
Saturday: Shred it Day – 10am – 1:00 pm – bring everything you need shredded, and tell your friends and neighbors about this service.
Sunday: 9:30 Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis Day.
Sunday: 10:30 Forum = the Jewishness of Jesus: how Jesus’ prayers related to his Jewish background

In Closing

I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me,
and in all your creatures –
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul:
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.
– Charles de Foucauld –