As mentioned on today's show:
A Beginner's Guide to
Catholic Mental Prayer
Christian meditation "engages thought, imagination, emotion, and desire" in prayer. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2708)
It is also known as mental prayer.
Not your everyday "meditation"
Don't let the word "meditation" fool you. Mental prayer is very different from Eastern meditation practices.
• Non-Christian meditation practices aim at emptying the mind.
• Christian meditation engages the mind in prayer.
Catholic meditation seeks use the faculties of the mind to know the Lord, understand his love for us, and to move into deep union with him. Use of the mind "is necessary in order to deepen our convictions of faith, prompt the conversion of our heart, and strengthen our will to follow Christ." (Catechism, 2708)
Put simply, our goal is to to answer the basic human question: "Lord, what do you want me to do?" (Catechism, 2706)
Christian meditation must immerse us in the Trinity: we surrender ourselves to the Holy Spirit, the master of prayer, so that he can unite us to Christ and perfect our prayer to the Father.
Every Christian needs to practice mental prayer. Every day.
Your faith cannot live without prayer, the "vital and personal relationship with the living and true God." (Catechism, 2744 & 2558)