Contemplative Prayer

Lectio Divina is a prayer practice that has four movements—Read, Reflect, Respond, and Rest—bookended by Silent Preparation and Incarnating the Word.

Identify the major events of your day, including your spiritual practices, meals, appointments, interactions with others, and significant events at work. Reflect on the events of your day

 Ask the Spirit of God to guide you as you think through your day and bring to your mind five moments. 

Being still and silent before God is often the  most challenging part of resting. But, oh how we need it. We need those times  when we decrease, and He increases. 

Without some measure of loving kindness for ourselves, it is difficult to extend loving  kindness to others. Given this, we start our prayer with ourselves and from there our  prayers move out in ever-widening circles. 

We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words. But this is only one expression. In the Christian tradition contemplative prayer is considered to be the pure gift of God. It is the opening of mind and heart - our whole being - to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions.

The Welcome Prayer is a prayer of acceptance and letting go.