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We offer meditation classes on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the “Cry Room/Children’s Room” to the right-hand side of the sanctuary.
Meditation is not something new to the Christian experience, but is deeply rooted in the Christian tradition. However, many Christians have lost touch with this ancient tradition of prayer. Meditation involves coming to a stillness of spirit and a stillness of body. The extraordinary thing is that—in spite of all the distractions of the modern world—this silence is perfectly possible for all of us. To attain this silence and stillness we have to devote time, energy and love.
The way to set out on this pilgrimage is to recite a short phrase, a word that is commonly called a mantra. The mantra is simply a means of turning our attention beyond ourselves, a method of drawing us away from our own thoughts and concerns. The real work of meditation is to attain harmony of mind, body and spirit. This is the aim given us by the psalmist: “Be still and know that I am God.”
St. John of the Cross says “God is the center of my soul.” Julian of Norwich says “God is the still point at my center.” Meditation is this daily pilgrimage to one’s own center.
Read some guidelines for meditation… Basic Christian Meditation
Msrgr. Murphy recommends the following books by John Main (1926-1982), a Benedictine monk who has put into contemporary language this ancient teaching on prayer:
These titles by Dom John are available at Amazon.com:
Community of Love
John Main: The Modern Spirituality Series
The Gethsemani Talks
Word into Silence
The Heart of Creation
The Moment of Christ
The Word Made Flesh
The Burning Heart
The following titles are available at Medio Media only (they
also offer tapes by Dom John):
The Way of Unknowing
The Present Christ