ADVENTURES OF THE SPIRITUAL LIFE

Adventures of the Spiritual Life by Judith Lawrence (reprinted with permission June 22, 2011) “Recollection,” says Evelyn Underhill, “is the traditional term by which mystical writers define the voluntary concentration, a first collecting or gathering in of the attention of the self to its most hidden cell. That self is as yet unacquainted with the… Continue reading ADVENTURES OF THE SPIRITUAL LIFE

OPENING THE DOOR TO LOVE

Opening the Door to Love by Judith Lawrence “Though the state which contemplatives call the prayer of quiet is a common condition of mystical attainment, it is not by itself mystical at all. It is a state of preparation: a way of opening the door. That which comes in when the door is opened will… Continue reading OPENING THE DOOR TO LOVE

PRAYER OF QUIET OR SIMPLICITY

Prayer of Quiet or Simplicity by Judith Lawrence   Jesus said, “When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private” Matt 6:6a (New Living Translation).  “Out of the deliberate practice of loving attention to God, the contemplative glides on to a plane of perception for… Continue reading PRAYER OF QUIET OR SIMPLICITY

CONTEMPLATION – FINDING A SPACIOUS PLACE WITHIN

Contemplation—Finding a Spacious Place Within by Judith Lawrence As God promised to give the people of Israel a spacious country in which to dwell (Gen 13: 14–17), so God promises us a spacious place within—and that’s the place we call the soul. Richard Rohr, Simplicity, P. 93. Contemplation, Rohr says, is the search for a… Continue reading CONTEMPLATION – FINDING A SPACIOUS PLACE WITHIN