Articles on Prayer

What Prayer Is

Thomas H. Green, S.J. For the past several years, I have been a spiritual director in a major seminary. The spiritual director’s job is a unique one for which there seems to be no real training except experience. He is a curious mix: an alter ego, or other self, sharing with young people what is […]

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A Method of Contemplation

from The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola Edited by Martin Royackers, S.J. Contemplation means different things in different schools of spirituality. For St. Ignatius, it meant becoming personally present through the imagination to an event in the life of Christ. The goal of this type of prayer is to come to know Christ intimately

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GOSPEL (Matthew 14:22-33) Immediately after feeding the crowd with the five loaves and two fish, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came,

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