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3D Faith

We were nearing the end of a writing workshop and it was time for questions. Given the subjects covered, I expected queries about submissions, publishers or maybe agents. But the first question was, “Do you think writing is like meditation?” and from that evolved a vigorous conversation about the spiritual aspect of inspiration and creative […]

About Mystery

Let’s start with a brief exercise. Look back over your life and recall a time (or times) when you found yourself overwhelmed by a sense that you were part of something much bigger than yourself or that something happened to you that was like a gift coming from beyond yourself or an ordinary event briefly […]

Find Our Own Way Of Prayer

Trying to meditate has always been a difficulty for me.  I think it requires a discipline of mind which I don’t have. I have to keep jerking myself back from thought distractions. And more often than not it seems like I am talking on the celestial telephone by myself.. Until just recently…. I was lying […]

Friday 27 December

Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist 1 John 1:1-4, Ps 96:1-2, 5-6, 11-12, John 20:2-8 Making it personal When I used to meditate on a Gospel scene I usually found myself immersed in the crowd following or listening to Jesus. But one day, during a time of meditation, Jesus suddenly stopped talking, and slowly and deliberately […]

Saturday 12 October

Joel 4:12-21, Ps 97, Luke 11:27-28 “Happy are those who hear the word of God and keep it.” The word of God is spoken to us in a multitude of ways. The word of God is found in conversation, in the needs of another, in meditation, in song, in creation. Ask the Holy Spirit to […]

Fr Kelly Concludes

To conclude this book on prayer I would like to draw attention to the fact that prayer is the first and most important duty of any human being. It fulfils the main purpose for which human beings were created. Prayer is the first and most important duty of any human being In order to develop […]

Tuesday 8 May

Acts 14:19-28, Ps 145, John 14:27-31 Persevere, persevere, persevere Perseverance can be difficult. We need encouragers and affirmers to keep us on track. These come in many guises. For the newly converted in Antioch, Paul and Barnabas ‘put fresh heart in the disciples.’ For us today, our encouragement may come from soul friends or spiritual […]

How to meditate

(Editor’s Note: this is one of the last articles in this series. In it Fr John summarises a lot of earlier material.) In former articles I have strongly emphasised that in my view both John Main and Thomas Keating have offered us forms of passive meditation or contemplation that can be profitably used by everybody. […]

Bedroom Prayer

“But when you pray, go to your private room, shut yourself in, and so pray to your Father who is in that secret place…” Matt 6:6 Our eldest granddaughter is of an age where she is beginning to discover that she is a little person in her own right. As she weans herself off her […]

The Need to Water the Roots

In the last article I pointed out that as a basis for prayer and the life of union with God we need in the first place to be fully human. Part of being fully human is that we find ways of cultivating the spirit and the deep-self. In this article I wish to demonstrate more […]