Prayer is God's gift to us; it is the human expression of our relationship with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
It is helpful to distinguish between Prayer and prayer.
Prayer: a profound attitude of heart in God's presence.
prayer: an activity by which we try to develop Prayer.
Prayer with a capital 'P' is called Contemplation.
prayer with a small 'p' may be 'saying prayers (vocal prayer) or thinking about God (meditation).
All authentic prayer has a contemplative dimension.
Prayer is first of all finding God in the present moment of our life: in our relationships, in the choices we face, in the anxieties and hopes, the challenges and disappointments that make up the stuff of our days. Genuine prayer leads us to the very centre of things.
is an uplifting of the heart,
a glance towards heaven,
a cry of gratitude and love
in times of sorrow
as well as of joy.
The WELCOME PRAYER
Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me today
because I know it's for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons,
situations, and conditions.
I let go of my desire for power and control.
I let go of my desire for affection, esteem,
approval and pleasure.
I let go of my desire for survival and security.
I let go of my desire to change any situation,
condition, person or myself.
I open to the love and presence of God and
God's action within. Amen.
Fr. Thomas Keating O.C.S.O. ... a Trappist monk and priest, known as one of architects of the Centering Prayer, a contemporary method of contemplative prayer, that emerged from St. Joesph's Abbey, Spencer, Massachusetts, in 1975.
Born 1923, New York City.