Posted by: Jivani Lisa | September 15, 2013

Contemplative Prayer

About eight years ago, I read The Cloud of Unknowing for the first time.  Written in the 14th century by an anonymous monk, the book teaches us how to love God more deeply through the practice of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition.

Last weekend, I met Father William Meninger, OCSO, at a retreat in Smithfield, VA.  He is a Trappist monk who has authored several books, including, The Loving Search for God: Contemplative Prayer and The Cloud of Unknowing.  This book closely follows The Cloud and helps the reader modernize and make sense of some of the seemingly obscure teachings in that spiritual classic.

I’m finding that the two books really work beautifully together.  They are inspiring me to move away from a preponderance of vocal/mental prayer – and toward a quiet, simple, loving encounter with God on a daily basis.

Won’t you join me?

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