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Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday Five: Prayer of Silence (or not)

At the beginning of this past week, I attended a conference on contemplative prayer entitled "Turning to the Mystics" at the 2013 Summer Institute at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX. The speakers were James Finley, author and former novice of Thomas Merton; Mirabai Starr, author, translator, and speaker; and Father Ronald Rolheiser, author and president of OST. We were encouraged to regularly sit in quiet to come to realize our union with the Divine, who continually loves us into being.

So for this Friday Five, let us share about our prayer practices, whether silent or not:

1. How do you pray?

2. How has your idea of prayer changed over time?

3. Do you ever sit in silent prayer? How does it go?

4. Do you have any difficulties and/or pleasures in prayer?

5. What is the best advice that helped you with prayer?

Bonus: Share something about prayer or an example of a prayer you like.

Looking forward to reading about prayer. Leave a link in the comments section below. Go here to learn how to do this.


  1. Tiffany, the link didn't take me to your post. Mine is here.

  2. Oh, I wish I could play right now! GREAT questions on one of my favorite topics. I'm afraid I'll have to do a Saturday Six rather than a Friday Five, so come and visit me tomorrow!

  3. Thanks Jan. I played with a few words and a Native American

  4. what a great team! I was one of Father Ron's students my first year in seminary. I'll play later, God willing, I have to run about now and HOPE that will count as prayer also!

  5. My Friday Five is here! It includes a video I created using a prayer of Teresa of Avila.

  6. Thanks for this week. I answered here.

  7. Oh my... I came over to check in on the preacher party...Good thing you all can remind me it is still Friday! I am out of rhythm, writing on Friday to make room for a church day trip to show the new pastor some of the sights of Western Kansas. Blessings all.

  8. Love it! Thank you, Jan! I am loving the others I've read thus far too. Ok, I called mine the Prayer of Quiescence :) I pray it blesses you.


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