The Sacred Heart

The Sacred Heart As a Catholic, Richard Rohr was often puzzled by the continued return to heart imagery among our saints and in our art. The “Sacred Heart” of Jesus and the “Immaculate Heart of Mary,” where both are pointing to their blazing heart, are images known to Catholics worldwide. We may wonder what people actually do with these images. Are they mere sentiment? Are they objects of worship or objects of transformation? Such images keep recurring because they must have something important, good, and perhaps even necessary to teach the soul. What might that be? Many have described prayer Read More …

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina Lectio divina is a contemplative way to read short passages of sacred text. With the first reading, listen with your heart’s ear for a phrase or word that stands out for you. During the second reading, reflect on what touches you, perhaps speaking that response aloud or writing in a journal. After reading the passage a third time, respond with a prayer or expression of what you have experienced and what it calls you to. Finally, rest in silence after a fourth reading. I invite you to practice lectio divina with this ancient love song: LOVER: My dove is my only one, perfect and mine. She is the darling Read More …

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer This is what you are to do. Lift your heart up to the Lord with a gentle stirring of love, desiring him for his own sake and not for his gifts. —Anonymous, The Cloud of Unknowing, Chapter 3 In the 1970s, drawing from The Cloud of Unknowing and other Christian mystical writings, three Trappist monks—William Meninger, Basil Pennington, and Thomas Keating—developed a simple method of silent prayer. This method came to be known as Centering Prayer, referencing Thomas Merton’s definition of contemplation as prayer “centered entirely on the presence of God.” (You can learn more about Centering Prayer through Contemplative Outreach.) Centering Read More …