Prayer Life

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Forgiveness as Prayer Bookmark

Forgiveness as Prayer
Prodigal Son

It is not easy to entrust oneself to God's mercy, because it is an abyss beyond our comprehension. But we must! 

"Oh, I am a great sinner!" All the better!

"Go to Jesus: He likes you to tell him these things! He forgets. He has a very special capacity for forgetting. He forgets, He kisses you, He embraces you and He simply says to you: 'Neither do I condemn you; go, and sin no more'." 
(John 8:11). – Pope Francis

Then Peter approaching asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times
but seventy-seven times.” – Jesus
(Matthew 18:21-22) 

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our sins from us.
(Psalm 103:12) 

Contemplative Prayer Bookmark


Contemplative Prayer

“Silence is God’s first language.” - St. John of the Cross
“Contemplative prayer is prayer that is centered entirely on the presence of God." – Thomas Merton

“When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” – Jesus (Matthew 6:6-8)

Practice Contemplative Prayer

- Set a timer for 10 minutes…perhaps using your phone. Make sure the alarm is soft!

- Say this line from Psalm 46 to calm your mind:

“Be still and know that I am God.”

“Be still and know that I am.”

“Be still and know.”

“Be still.”


- Close your eyes…and let go of any thoughts. When thoughts return…simply let them go again and settle into the silence.