The Path of Mental Prayer

This series of meditations is inspired by the Little Catechism of the Life of Prayer, written by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, OCD in 1943. Fr. Gabriel's booklet is based on the teachings of St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross, as expressed in the Instructions for Novices, which was originally published in 1591. In addition to the teachings of Fr. Gabriel, these meditations are imbued with the spirit of Lectio Divina, the ancient practice of reading, meditating, responding to, and contemplating the Word of God.

May this series of meditations helpful inspire an effective daily practice of mental prayer throughout your spiritual journey.

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I. A Conversation of Love
II. Preparation
III. Reading
IV. Meditation
V. Colloquy
VI. Thanksgiving, Offering, and Petition
VII. Distractions
VIII. Aridity
IX. Presence

(c) Paul Buis, 2007