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The Empty Chair Exercise

rom Sadhana, A  Way to God, 1978 By Fr Anthony de Mello SJ (1931-1987) I developed this exercise as a result of hearing the story of a priest who went to visit a patient in his home. He noticed an empty chair at the patient’s bedside and asked what it was doing there. The patient […]

Tuesday 27 July

Exodus 33:7-11, 34:5-9, 28, Psalm 103, Matthew 13:36-43 A model for prayer Moses’ encounters with God and his ongoing intercession for his people are inspirational. He speaks with God as with a friend, intimately, authentically, honestly and face to face, yet never diminishes his recognition of the unfathomable glory of God. We hear that God […]

Monday 5 July

Genesis 28:10-22, Psalm 91, Matthew 9:18-26 Deep sharing in prayer Jacob encountered God in a dream which transformed his life. God became not just the God of his family, but personal to him. Grace touched Jacob and though his response reveals his manipulative character, God perseveres in a healing relationship with him. In Matthew, the […]

Staying Both Anchored and Nimble

Watching young people at play or at sports’ training, reminds me of times past when I could run, jump, kick a footy, bowl a reasonable leg-break and hit a fair forehand – not all at once of course! The athletic flexibility of young people is a joyful gift and I often pray for them that […]

Wednesday 19 May

Acts 20:28-38: Psalm 68; John 17:11-19 The power of prayer Remember the catechism answer to “What is Prayer? Prayer is the raising up of the mind and heart to God.” There are many ways of praying, from formal prayer to wordless contemplation in the presence of God. We can pray together or we can pray […]

On praying with the Scriptures

On praying with the Scriptures The words of Sacred Scripture were not written to remain imprisoned on papyrus, parchment or paper, but to be received by a person who prays, making them blossom in his or her heart. The Word of God goes to the heart. The Catechism affirms that: “prayer should accompany the reading […]

The Pulse Prayer

Once, during a retreat, a person I was accompanying plonked himself in the chair opposite me and exclaimed, with some degree of frustration, “I can’t pray!” “Do you want to pray?” I asked. “Of course,” he replied. “Do you know why you want to?” I enquired. This brought some time of silence and quiet reflection. […]

Pope Francis and the Pandemic

This issue’s cover shows Jesus alone in his agony in the garden. It is a striking image of the Lord’s pain and sorrow, and also a stark symbol of the agony, pain and sorrow of each and every one of us. Jesus embodies our pain, our pain is his, and his is ours, because as […]

Friday 20 November

Apocalypse 10:8-11; Psalm 119:129-136; Luke 19:45-48 Habit of prayer A house of prayer can be a consecrated place where the world expects sacred things like prayer to go on. Our homes can be places of prayer too. We perhaps experienced this during lockdown. Keeping a time for family prayer is easier if adults also pray […]

The Interior Castle of 
St Teresa of Jesus of Ávila

Part 1 of 7 Introduction The Interior Castle is St Teresa’s masterpiece and one of the greatest books ever written about prayer. It is her most ordered and mature work, written in 1577 and taking six months to complete. It was said that those who observed her during this time saw a glowing radiance about […]