Many people struggle to pray well and consistently. Here is a three minute video which summarizes the teaching of St. Ignatius of Loyola and gives a brief description of a prayer method that some people call lectio divna, others just meditation. Fr. John Cihak is our teacher and he effectively communicates the method. I would quibble with one thing only. I would not use the word “contemplation” to describe this method. I am schooled more in the Spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross who reserve the word, “contemplation” to refer to prayer that is beyond words or images but is rather a deep union with God well beyond images or mediated by words. They would call the method described here “meditation” since our experience of God is “mediated” by words and images. However, it remains true that many people today use the word contemplation in a more generic and less specific or technical sense. Enjoy this very instructive video and apply it.
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Do you know of any reference materials on the spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross.
I recommend Fr. Thomas Dubay’s book “The Fire Within” as the best handbook in this regard. Also here’s a video interview with Fr. Dubay:
It is only because they are so hard to come by that they are worth so much. ,
Me gusto mucho el video. la explicación es sencilla y profunda. gracias soy profesora de filosofia para seminaristas en Seminario San Juan Bautista de PR
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