Meditation is one of the earliest forms of prayer that has its origins with the dessert fathers and mothers.


While we often still think of prayer primarily as asking God for something, prayer, properly understood, is a conversation with God or with the saints. Just as we cannot hold a conversation with another person unless he can hear us, the very act of praying is an implicit recognition of the presence of God or the saints here with us. And in praying, we strengthen that recognition of the presence of God, which draws us closer to Him. That is why the Church recommends that we pray frequently and make prayer an important part of our everyday lives.

After the sacraments, prayer is the single most important aspect of our life as Catholics. Saint Paul tells us that we should “pray without ceasing,” yet in the modern world, it sometimes seems that prayer takes a back seat not only to our work but to entertainment. As a result, many of us have fallen out of the habit of daily prayer that characterized the lives of Christians in centuries past. Yet an active prayer life, like frequent participation in the sacraments, is essential to our growth in grace.

Meditation is one of the earliest forms of prayer that has its origins with the dessert fathers and mothers.

It is essentially learning to stand back and to allow God to come to the forefront of your life.  It is taking a step away from self-centeredness to God-centeredness.

We know that the fullness of God is present within our hearts.  The journey of prayer is simply to find the way to open our human consciousness to a conscious awareness of this Presence within.  Meditating is being open to this Presence – this indwelling of the Spirit of God.

Listen to the words of St. Paul (2 Cor 4:6)
“ For the same God who said,’ Out of darkness, let light shine’, has caused his light to shine within us, to give us the light of revelation – the revelation of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

That light and that glory are to be found in our hearts.

Meditation is the invitation to journey deeply into your own heart into your own being.  Traditional wisdom tells us that only with such depth of experience and vision, can we live our life in real harmony with what is” —- Dom John Main, O.S.B.

If you are an experienced prayer, or thinking about staring to pray and would like to receive some assistance to begin or to deepen,  make an appointment with us at the Renewal Centre.